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South Vietnam-US / Weyand Assessment #37032

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 08, 1975
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(Studio) United States Army chief of staff Frederick Weyand says new infusion of military aid for South Vietnam could save country from Communists again. South Vietnam pilot bombs President Thieu's palace. Thieu closes down Saigon; little military action occurs. All of day's events like deja vu. Senator Henry Jackson charges on Senate floor there are some things Americans have never heard about US, Vietnam relations
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [JACKSON - says there are secret agreements in existence in writing entered into between Nixon administration and Thieu regime; doesn't know details of agreement but knows they exist. States Secretary of State knows about agreements; however, President Ford hasn't known about agreement from beginning of his presidency.] 2 years ago in Saigon, President Thieu made similar charge. State Department spokesperson denies any legal or specific agreements reached; reliable sources say certain assurances given President Thieu that he could have interpreted as possible reinvolvement of American military power in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Weyand says South Vietnam can't survive without United States military aid. General Weyand just back from fact-finding mission in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Capital Hill) Weyand rptdly. recommends Congress be asked for $550 million for South Vietnam. [WEYAND - says South Vietnam reaching crisis point in survival of cntry. Says there's no question soldiers will now fight for cntry.] [Senator Stuart SYMINGTON - concedes South Vietnam survival without more aid unlikely; Congress probably won't vote more aid.]

Clark, Bob;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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