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South Korea / United States Troops / Singlaub #48687

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 20, 1977
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(Studio) Admin. announces United States will honor commitment to defend South Korea, though policy is to withdraw ground troops gradually. Statement comes as Major General John Singlaub flies back to Washington, DC on president orders, after critical statement on administration policy with regard to troop withdrawal.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Reassurance of United States support to South Korea comes from Press Secretary Jody Powell. Singlaub refuses comment to reporters in Tokyo, but says, in interview, he stands by statement. Singlaub's statement seems to vary more in degree rather than direction from other top military leaders Comments with regard to withdrawal of South Korea top commander, General John Vessey, and Army Secretary Clifford Alexander noted. Controversy centers mainly on timetable of withdrawal, which would primarily affect South Korea and Japan
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Before present controversy, trip made to look at American troops in Korea.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Nightmare Range, South Korea) Report on preparations United States troops make in case of another attack by forces of North Korea President Kim Il Sung. [Lieutenant General John CUSHMAN - says fact that Americans are here' and preparedness is strong deterrent.]
REPORTER: Irv Chapman

Chapman, Irv;
Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry

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