ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 10, 1968
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(Studio) Secretary Defense Clark Clifford holds news conference assessing United States bomb halt in Vietnam. North Vietnam said not to have taken advantage of bomb halt to increase infiltration into South Vietnam. Bomb halt said not to have incrd. United States casualties. Time maybe for US, North Vietnam to move toward lowering combat level; help Paris Peace Talks.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) [CLIFFORD - anticipates start of return of United States troops from South Vietnam.] No present plan for United States troop withdrawal. [CLIFFORD - notes personal desires with regard to Paris talks.] Summit conference before President Johnson leaves office considered. [CLIFFORD - believes US-USSR talks to be helpful, re: nuclear weapon reduction.] Melvin Laird as Secretary Defense possibility noted.
REPORTER: Duff Thomas
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