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President Thieu's comments on President Johnson's Vietnam speech
Date of Creation:
April 4, 1968
Date of Declassification:
August 4, 1992
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Pagination, Illustration:
2 p.
President Nguyen Van Thieu convened a meeting of advisers and staff members on the morning of 1 April to discuss President Johnson's speech and his announcement of a partial suspension of bombing of North Vietnam. He had before him a copy of the President's speech. After asking for and receiving the comments of his aides on the speech and what it meant for the Government of Vietnam (GVN), Thieu voiced his own reactions: 1) He does not believe that Hanoi will respond favorably to the Johnson peace offer because of the pressure on the Hanoi leaders from Peking; 2) If Hanoi does respond favorably and comes to the negotiation table, it will mean that there was a prior agreement between North Vietnam and the United States Government; 3) The GVN must adopt a wait-and-see posture; 4) He is unhappy with the appointment of Harriman as US Chief Negotiator.
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