NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1972
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(Studio) 2 weeks ago President Nixon said Vietnamization was succeeding. Mining of Haiphong is admission of its failure.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(White House) President aide Henry Kissinger gives impassioned defense of President decision. Concedes it involves risks to American relations with Soviet Union and Communist China, but says risks acceptable. Hopes Nixon Russia summit can still he held. Kissinger says Communists stubborn at Peace Talks; Soviet aid tipped balance in favor of North Vietnam; Vietnamization failing.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani
(Pentagon) Kissinger says it is not a military confrontation, but Soviet will have to make critical decision on movement in North Vietnam ports. Action won't have much effect on current offensive.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski
(Saigon, South Vietnam) Plan to blockade North Vietnam formulated at hdqt. for United States Military Assistant Cmd. Vietnam, or Pentagon East. Effectiveness considered. North Vietnam have supply caches in South Vietnam, use captured guns. South Vietnam may not be able to hold on 1 month while North Vietnam runs out of supplies.
REPORTER: Arthur Lord
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