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Start Date: Wednesday, December 6, 1972 10:54 PM

End Date: Wednesday, December 6, 1972 10:59 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kennedy, Richard T. (Col.)

Recording Device: Camp David Study Table

157-019.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 6, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Col. Richard T. Kennedy talked on the telephone at Camp David from 5:54 pm to 5:59 pm. The Camp David Study Table taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 157-019 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 157-19

Date: December 6, 1972
Time: 5:54 pm – 5:59 pm
Location: Camp David Study Table

The President talked with Col. Richard T. Kennedy.

[See Conversation No. 234-4]

       Message to Henry A. Kissinger
            -Vietnam negotiations
                  -The President’s instructions
                  -Timing
                  -Editing
                  -Return of prisoners of war [POWs]
                        -Timing
                              -December 1972
                                    -Compared to July 1973
                        -US bombing
                              -South Vietnam and [Provisional Revolutionary Government]
                               [PRG] intransigence
                        -Timing
                              -July 1973
                                    -Nguyen Van Thieu’s position
                                          -Kissinger’s message
                                            -29-

                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Apr.-08)

                                                          Conversation No. 157-19 (cont’d)

                        -Kennedy’s view
                              -Bilateral deal
                                    -US-South Vietnam relations
                        -Breakdown in talks
                  -Minimum conditions in settlement agreement
                        -Importance
                              -The President’s meeting with Nguyen Phu Duc
                        -Acceptability to North Vietnam and South Vietnam
                  -Breakdown
                        -[Withdrawal of North Vietnamese troops from South Vietnam]
                        -US bombing
                        -Kissinger’s view
                        -Significance
                              -Deliberation
                        -Pressure
                              -Kissinger’s return from Paris
                                    -US bombing
                  -Option 1