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South Vietnam / Military Developments / Political Developments #239562

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 18, 1975
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(Studio) Communist forces close circle on Saigon; final battle for Saigon could be only days away. Communists attack South Vietnam's principal communications center, only 5 mile from Saigon; Communists also attack Bien Hoa AB. Rptdly., Communists have 10 divs. around Saigon; location of divs. outlined; South Vietnam has only 4 divs. to defend entire Saigon area. Situation so serious American embassy burning important papers; American carrier Enterprise heading for Vietnam, presumably to stand by if needed for American evacuation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Congress sources say United States searching for political alternative to South Vietnam President Thieu. Hopefully, negotiated surrender can be worked out. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appears before House International Relations Committee and alludes to political process that may lead to Thieu's removal. [KISSINGER - doesn't think any 1 personality to be key to South Vietnam settlement. United States supports South Vietnam government, not a person.] American evacuation quietly accelerated. [KISSINGER - states United States has no intention of reentering Indochina war.] Later, Kissinger meets with South Vietnam foreign minister Vuong Van Bac. [BAC - says he's hopeful United States to respond to South Vietnam with more military aid.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin

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