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Vietnam / Bombing Halt Rumors #99

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 16, 1968
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(Studio) Diplomatic activity possibly leading to North Vietnam bombing halt reported White House says no change or breakthrough. President Johnson arranges conference call with 3 President candidates to inform all of White House announcement. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker conferred 3 times with South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu. South Vietnam representatives say they speak of bombing halt. At Paris Peace Talks, American spokesperson reports "movement". Reporters John Scali and Bill Gill discuss Vietnam situation with Frank Reynolds. Scali feels United States on edge of climactic breakthrough, but there's last minute hangup. Gill says moving towards bombing halt. Scali says hangup is North Vietnam assurances required as price for end of bombing. United States wants assurances besides lull. North Vietnam know Nixon's background and conclude he'd be tougher to deal with than Johnson is. Gill says President concerned about charges of political motives, but it won't control his decisions.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank

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