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South Vietnam Situation / Refugees #36341

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 21, 1975
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(Studio) Situation in South Vietnam deteriorates so badly, State Department officials say 1973 Paris peace agreement no longer operable. Officials reveal present North Vietnam offensive worse than 1st thought.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Officials now comparing latest offensive to 1968 or 1972 Tet offensive. South Vietnam President Thieu rptdly. giving up provinces without notifying DC because Thieu couldn't depend on United States aid to set up real defense In January, US sent notes to all signatories of Paris accord, asking them to put pressure on North Vietnam to limit fighting and return to Paris talks; no response received
REPORTER: Steve Bell

(Studio) Communists rptdly. in firm control of 7 provinces and fighting for at least 7 others. Saigon's militia ordered into state of alarm and readiness as fighting nears city. Hue nearly 80% evacuated; refugees streaming out of town heading toward Danang.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(On road from Hue to Danang) Some evacuees are American [Mrs. Charles CLARK - says it's very sad sight to see entire towns pack up and leave.] [Kurt KIETH - says his father wants family out of Da Lat in case enemy attacks.] South Vietnam troops seem to have lost spirit to fight Viet Cong and North Vietnam back.
REPORTER: Jim Giggans

Bell, Steve;
Giggans, Jim;
Reasoner, Harry

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