NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 17, 1972
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(Studio) Admin. to take whatever action necessary to thwart North Vietnam invasion of South Vietnam. Russia protest United States bombers hit 4 Soviet ships in Haiphong Harbor. US bombers continue raids on North Vietnam. Senator For. Relations Committee votes to cut funds for United States military in Vietnam by December 31, 1972. Secretary of State William Rogers appears before that committee , justifying United States attacks on North Vietnam. Says Paris Peace Talks won't resume while North Vietnam continues invasion.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) [ROGERS - gives 3 reasons for United States bombing of North Vietnam: to protect remaining United States troops; to insure continuation of United States withdrawal; to give South Vietnam a chance to defend selves.] [Senator J. William FULBRIGHT - asks why Congress was not consulted.] [ROGERS - says Nixon has always said United States would retaliate if North Vietnam attacked during United States withdrawals.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - asks why bombing of North Vietnam should succeed now when it failed before.] [ROGERS - says war is different now.] White House incorporates get tough policy toward North Vietnam, USSR , with critics of admin's. Vietnam policy.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
(Studio) Defense Department reports United States destroyer attacked in Gulf of Tonkin yesterday by North Vietnam gunboat. E. Germans say 1 of their ships hit in Haiphong Harbor. US bombers strike Hanoi again today. A few fire fights reported near DMZ.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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