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South Vietnam, United States / Private Exchanges #482593

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 09, 1975
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(Studio) White House discloses President Nixon had confidential exchanges with South Vietnam President Thieu before peace agreement signed; exchanges could have implied US would reenter war if Thieu government ran into trouble. White House claims private exchanges no different from public statements. Now there's law to prevent United States military intervention in South Vietnam; Mr. Ford has neither inclination or power to break law.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) Press Secretary Ron Nessen discloses confidential exchanges took place. In Apr., 1973, then President Nixon issued joint communique with South Vietnam stating violation of peace agreement would call for appropriate "vigorous reaction". Unknown if President meant United States military intervention would be used. President Ford meets with congress leaders of both ptys. to discuss these secret exchanges, and tomorrow night's foreign policy speech. [Representative John ANDERSON - says President assured congress leaders no such private agreements exist.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Day's disclosure from White House comes after yesterday's charges by Senator Henry Jackson. Jackson calls for congress hearing on matter complete with administration witnesses.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [JACKSON - says documents must be made public relating to communication between South Vietnam and US.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John

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