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    DEFENSE SECRETARY MELVIN LAIRD SAID MONDAY, U.S. AIR ATTACKS ON NORTH VIETNAM THAT BEGAN ON?

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    VARIOUS SHOTS OF LAIRD, AND CUTAWAYS OF REPORTERS. LAIRD TO CAMERA SAYS: AIR STRIKES OF LIMITED DURATION AND WHEN ENDED AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE. ASKED ABOUT SO CALLED UNDERSTANDING




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    REPORTER: ROBERT GORALSKI

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    Background: DEFENSE SECRETARY MELVIN LAIRD SAID MONDAY, U.S. AIR ATTACKS ON NORTH VIETNAM THAT BEGAN ON SATURDAY WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS NECESSARY TO PROTECT WITHDRAWING AMERICAN TROOPS. LAIRD REFUB TO GIVE ANY DETAILS ON THE BOMBING BUT IMPLIED THAT THEY WERE IN RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS BY NORTH VIETNAM OF+UNDERSTANDINGS+BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES THAT LED TO THE OFFICIAL BOMBING HALT IN 1968.

    BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES RE BOMBING HALT, LAIRD POINTS OUT IN DETAIL VIOLATION OF FOUR PROVISIONS OF THE AGREEMENT MADE BY NORTH VIETNAMSHELLING OF CITIES(HE CITES RECENT ATTACKS ON SAIGON). BUILDING OF INFILTRATION ROAD THROUGH DMZ, ATTACKS ON UNARMED RECONNAISSANCE PLANES(MORE IN DECEMBER THEN ANY TIME SINCE HE IN OFF AND LACK OF SUBSTANTIVE NEGOTIATIONS (IN PARIS) AS PROMISED IN 1968. ASKED IF UNDERSTANDING IS A DEAD LETTER. HE REPLIED THAT UNDERSTAND IN MUST BE LIVED UP TO BY BOTH SIDES, BUT ENEMY HAS SHOWN CLEARLY THAT IT HAS'NT. ASKED ABOUT FUTURE AIR OPERATIONS, LAIRD SAYS IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO COMMENT ON THEM NOW, BUT ADDS THAT HE WOULD NOT RULE OUT FUTURE MILITARY OPERATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2GH7EEZKWX4A1TH3U84GD54J0
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GH7EEZKWX4A1TH3U84GD54J0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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