NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 01, 1972
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(Studio) Is peace in South Vietnam really at hand? Kissinger said so 5 weeks ago. [DC film of October 26, shows Kissinger making statement.] Since then President Thieu recalcitrant about cease-fire. General Alex Haig sent to Saigon to persuade Thieu that terms can't be improved and to reassure him that terms adequate to save his government Thieu bitterly attacked Kissinger in South Vietnam newspapers. United States undertook vast airlift of equipment to South Vietnam army, and at this time secret Paris talks suspended. Viet Cong feel sold out by North Vietnam. Last wk. secret talks between United States and North Vietnam resumed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) [Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler - says since October 26, United States has promised to sign agreement when it becomes satisfactory.] Thieu sent special envoy Nguyen Phu Duc to Washington, DC to talk with Nixon and Kissinger, but United States refuses summit meeting between Nixon and Thieu. Possible that South Vietnam threatened with total United States cutoff of support unless South Vietnam signs agreement. Now cease-fire expected by Christmas, for real this time.
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