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Start Date: Tuesday, December 5, 1972 1:23 AM
End Date: Tuesday, December 5, 1972 1:32 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Kennedy, Richard T. (Col.);
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 4, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Col. Richard T. Kennedy talked on the telephone from 8:23 pm to 8:32 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-015 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 34-15 Date: December 4, 1972 Time: 8:23 pm - 8:32 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Col. Richard T. Kennedy. Vietnam negotiations -Message to Henry A. Kissinger -Instructions -Option Two -Break off of talks -North Vietnamese responsibility -Explanation for record -Political issues -Reneging on meaning of agreement -Translation problem -Military issues -North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam -Possible television [TV] statement by the President -Alternative -Kissinger’s return -US bombing -The President’s view -15- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-15 (cont’d) -Possible conversation with Kissinger -North Vietnamese publicity -Briefings by Kissinger -Blame on North Vietnam -Recent call from Kissinger -Meeting -Timing -Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Message to Kissinger -Negotiations -The President’s possible actions -B-52s -Hanoi-Haiphong complex -Timing -Continuation -Appearance -Bombing -Break off -Kissinger’s return -North Vietnamese publicity -Briefing by Kissinger -Possible TV statement by the President -Compared to the President’s Cambodia and May 8, 1972 statements -Public hope for success -Bombing -Recreations -Soviet Union -PRC -Domestic front -Saigon