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Vietnam / Bombing Halt / Rusk / Harriman / Abrams #454

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 01, 1968
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(Studio) No American bombs or shells fallen on North Vietnam since 8 a. m. according to President Johnson's orders. North Vietnam spokesperson in Paris, France, says Hanoi representatives will participate in expanded talks which will include NLF, political arm of Viet Cong and South Vietnam. Ambassador Averell Harriman says South Vietnam may need more time or organization negotiating group. South Vietnam government says not enough good reasons to end all bombardment. South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu says United States decided to unilaterally end bombing.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [Secretary of State Dean RUSK - says North Vietnam knows what's expected of them. Says he knows we'll take care of security of forces on field. Move now up to Hanoi and those who'll press them to move.] Harriman promises Johnson he will lead demand for bombing resumption if Hanoi violates understanding. Harriman tells North Vietnam what's expected of them: halt in attacking South Vietnam cities; restoring DMZ, and agreeing to face talks with South Vietnam at expanded peace conference Johnson talked to General Creighton Abrams to make sure there were no unacceptable military risks. Abrams told President it was right thing to do.
REPORTER: John Scali

Reynolds, Frank;
Scali, John

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