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Vietnam / US-South Vietnam Plan / Clifford #487

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 12, 1968
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Clark Clifford accuses South Vietnam of backing out of agreement to take point in Paris Peace Talks. South Vietnam refusal to take point deadlocks talks.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [CLIFFORD - says communique agreed on earlier by President Johnson and President Nguyen Van Thieu. Later on, Thieu says he couldn't go along with agreement because he couldn't get South Vietnam delegation together. More reasons given the next day. President felt he had to proceed; he'd made commitment. Asks if he only has two choices when reporter asks if he'd call South Vietnam move sabotage or double-cross.] Clifford lost his cool. United States wants South Vietnam's help, but will proceed alone if necessary.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

Downs, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank

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