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Consequences of a halt in the bombardment of North Vietnam
Date of Creation:
October 9, 1967
Date of Declassification:
June 15, 1995
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
9 p.
If the United States were to halt the bombardment of North Vietnam, and avoided saying that it was setting a time limit on the halt, Hanoi would probably be willing to enter direct talks. Hanoi makes a distinction between talks and negotiations. The outlook of the talks developing into more serious negotiations would be poor. Nevertheless, North Vienam would seek to prolong the talks. North Vietnam would expect that a continued erosion of the US negotiating position, combined with continued military attrition in the South, would eventually bring the US to accept a formula for settlement favorable to Hanoi's basic aims.
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