• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT NIXON HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ANOTHER 50 THOUSAND US TROOPS WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM SOUTH VIETNAM BY APRIL 15 NEXT YEAR -- THE LARGEST US WITHDRAWAL DISCLOSED AT ONE TIME FROM THE TROUBLED COUNTRY.

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    GV WHITE HOUSE SILENT FOR LEAD IN
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    CU NIXON
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    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: NIXON: "I AM ANNOUNCING TONIGHT A REDUCTION IN OUR TROOP CEILING OF 50-THOUSAND MORE US TROOPS BY APRIL 15 NEXT YEAR. THIS MEANS THAT THE CEILING WHICH EXISTED WHEN I TOOK OFFICE ON JANUARY 20 HAS NOW BEEN REDUCED BY A HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND 5 HUNDRED MEN. THIS REDUCTION HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTH VIETNAM AND IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NATIONS, OTHER NATIONS, WHICH HAVE COMBAT FORCES IN VIETNAM. NOW THERE ARE SOME THAT BELIEVE THAT TO CONTINUE OUR WITHDRAWAL AT A TIME WHEN ENEMY INFILTRATION IS INCREASING IS A RISK WE SHOULD NOT TAKE. HOWEVER, I HAVE CONSISTENTLY SAID WE MUST TAKE RISKS FOR PEACE; AND IN THAT CONNECTION, LET ME REMIND THE LEADERS IN HANOI THAT INFILTRATION AND THE LEVEL OF ENEMY ACTIVITY INCREASES WHILE WE ARE REDUCING OUR FORCES, THEY ALSO WILL BE RUNNING A RISK. I REPEAT THE STATEMENT I MADE IN MY SPEECH ON NOVEMBER THREE. HANOI COULD MAKE NO GREATER MISTAKE THAN TO ASSUME THAT AN INCREASE IN VIOLENCE WILL BE TO ITS ADVANTAGE. IF I CONCLUDE THAT INCREASED ENEMY ACTION JEOPARDISES OUR REMAINING FORCES IN VIETNAM I SHALL TO HESITATE TO TAKE STRONG AND EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO DEAL WITH THAT SITUATION.




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    Background: PRESIDENT NIXON HAS ANNOUNCED THAT ANOTHER 50 THOUSAND US TROOPS WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM SOUTH VIETNAM BY APRIL 15 NEXT YEAR -- THE LARGEST US WITHDRAWAL DISCLOSED AT ONE TIME FROM THE TROUBLED COUNTRY. HOWEVER IN ANNOUNCING HIS DECISION IN A TELEVISED SPEECH ON MONDAY (DEC 15) THE PRESIDENT WARNED HANOI NOT TO INCREASE ACTIVITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ZRIYTFH32BUUMNPPG0TH2KXC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ZRIYTFH32BUUMNPPG0TH2KXC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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