ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 25, 1973
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger holds news conference to explain military alert put in effect before United Nations resolution passed.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) [KISSINGER - describes awesome nuclear power of United States and USSR . Neither must enter directly into Mid. E., upsetting delicate balance. As precautionary measure, United States places all United States military on alert.] [REPORTER - asks if US alert to warn USSR if troops sent to Mid. E. United States will also.] [KISSINGER - refuses to speculate; however says United States not now in confrontation with Soviet Union, but United States to remain prepared.] Kissinger questioned about possible ulterior motive to distract from President' Watergate problems. [KISSINGER - insists senior government officials aren't playing with lives of American people.] [REPORTER - asks if USSR may have decided to make move now since Pres weakened by Watergate affairs of last wkend.] [KISSINGER - states crisis of authority can't continue for mos. without paying price somewhere along line.]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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