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President Thieu Resigns #239608

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 21, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns. Thieu bitterly blames United States for present situation. As Thieu speaks Communists overrun 2 more key cities, pushing Saigon's defense perimeter just 26 mile from capital's North E. edge. 71 year old Vice President Tran Van Huong succeeds Thieu; Huong frequently ill and virtually blind.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Thieu accuses United States of betraying South Vietnam; speech mixed with sarcasm and bitterness; hopes his departure to persuade United States Congress to reverse itself and approve military aid for South Vietnam. Thieu calls for cease-fire and urges return to Paris for peace talks. Film of Thieu shown. North Vietnam have strong upper hand militarily; there's no sign of strong leader emerging to head South Vietnam government and negotiate with Communists
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

Cronkite, Walter;
Fromson, Murray

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