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Vietnam / Shellings / Peace Talks / South Vietnam and US #504

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 13, 1968
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(Studio) United States warns North Vietnam that serious peace talks can't be held if attacks from DMZ (demilitarized zone) on allied bases continue State Department spokesperson Carl Bartch says shellings verified. Violates bombing halt agreement. State Department rejects North Vietnam claim that talks to include four parties, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, United States and NLF. United States says doesn't recognize NLF as independent entity. Attempts underway to calm South Vietnam fears.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) United States will recognize South Vietnam's right to head talks about her political future. US wouldn't demand South Vietnam accept unsatisfactory to South Washington, DC would negotiate terms with regard to deescalation and affecting South East Asia as whole. President Johnson not commented on South Vietnam reasons for refusal to take point in talks; hasn't talked to South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu. Defense Secretary Clark Clifford warned US will negotiate military terms with or without South Vietnam. Reported that President will soon demand final decision from Thieu.

Gill, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank

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