NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 04, 1968
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(Studio) At Paris Peace Talks, North Vietnam negotiator Xuan Thuy says Republican and Democrat platforms aim at continuing war. Ambassador Averell Harriman says both ptys. want war ended honorably. Enemy shells Nha Trang and another town on South China Sea. 2 killed and 45 hurt. American planes flew 121 missions over North Vietnam panhandle. Tuesday Report on raids.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(Da Nang, South Vietnam) Da Nang 1 of main take-off points for Air Force and Marine air raids. Are they as effective as before bombing restrictions? [Lieutenant Colonel Don. D'AMICO - says before bombing cutback, targets in North Vietnam were supply points, marshaling areas and rail ctrs. Missions now between DMZ (demilitarized zone) and 18th parallel. Targets smaller.] Pilots can't talk with regard to how bombing pause helped North Vietnam get back on her foot All bridges replaced with extra bypasses. RR and highway links to China restored and Haiphong Harbor cleared of silt and cargo ship number reduced. Major air bases near Hanoi repaired and flow of men and supplies speeded up. North Vietnam has anti-aircraft defenses now.
REPORTER: Andy Guthrie
(Dong Ha Combat Base, South Vietnam) Base below DMZ. Soldiers man outposts along DMZ (demilitarized zone) and patrol infiltration rtes. [Corporal Jimmy CASANOVA - says stayed in DMZ (demilitarized zone) from February to Jun. Activity incrd.] [L/CPL. Larry SHEPPARD - says enemy used mortar at first and then gradually used bigger stuff.] Americans admit North Vietnam infiltrated 30,000 per month in Jun., Jul. and August but defends bombing pause. Pol. fruit of pause won't be known until talks bear fruit or die.
REPORTER: Andy Guthrie
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