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Vietnam / US-South Vietnam / Clifford / Thieu / Action #440627

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 12, 1968
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Clark Clifford says enemy shelling from DMZ (demilitarized zone) commits violation of understanding, but United States committed to peace efforts.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(DC) Clifford reveals 5 1/2 mos. negotiations that led to deal with Hanoi. [CLIFFORD - says communique agreed on by President Johnson and South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu. Later that day, Thieu said he couldn't go along with agreed deal because didn't have time to get his delegation together. He had 4 or 5 more reasons for delay the next day. Ellsworth Bunker and Thieu talk. President felt he had to go ahead with commitment. Can't speculate on what caused South Vietnam to change its mind. Know we had clear understanding until 1st objection brought up.] Clifford says Rich Nixon informed of these difficulties. Nixon teamed up with President in pursuit of Vietnam settlement. United States to look for solution whether South Vietnam goes along or not.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) South Vietnam Info. Min. Ton That Thien says government wants to know agenda beforehand. B-52s hit enemy targets South East of Saigon and along Laos border and Ho Chi Minh trail.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

Chancellor, John;
Huntley, Chet

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