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    President Johnson announced on Thursday night (31 October) that he was ordering a complete halt to all American air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam as of 8 AM Washington time (9 PM Vietnam time) on 1 November.

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    President Johnson talking




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    Background: President Johnson announced on Thursday night (31 October) that he was ordering a complete halt to all American air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam as of 8 AM Washington time (9 PM Vietnam time) on 1 November.

    The President said, "I have reached this decision on the basis of the developments in the Paris talks and I have reached it in the belief that this action can lead to progress toward a peaceful settlement of the Vietnamese war."
    President Johnson made his remarks in a television broadcast that had been filmed earlier in the day. He went on to say, "What we now expect -- what we have a right to expect are prompt, productive, serious and intensive negotiations in an atmosphere that is conducive to progress."
    President Johnson's face showed fatigue as he made the announcement culminating weeks of secret negotiations. Mr. Johnson did not announce any reciprocal military commitment from North Vietnam, which he has often said that in exchange for the bombing halt North Vietnam had agreed to accept participation of the South Vietnamese government at the Paris talks and the United States had in turn accepted the participation of the South Vietnam National Liberation Front, the political arm of the Viet Cong.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA965XJ6JQX4VMHPDMM3ZAUHN1E
    Media URN:
    VLVA965XJ6JQX4VMHPDMM3ZAUHN1E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
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    N/A

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