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    A United States navy task force of 18 ships and a helicopter fleet has resumed minesweeping operations off Haiphong in North Vietnam.

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    A United States navy task force of 18 ships and a helicopter fleet has resumed minesweeping operations off Haiphong in North Vietnam.

    The efforts to clear the harbours of mines sown during the war began again on June 19 after a two month suspension.

    The battleship "Washentaw County" has been making final runs to demonstrate the safety of the main Haiphong shipping channel.

    At the same time U.S. and North Vietnamese officials were meeting to discuss minesweeping in inland waterways.

    The sweeps were part of the peace agreement signed in Paris in January, but they were broken off by the United States two months ago because of what it said were repeated North Vietnamese violations of the ceasefire.

    SYNOPSIS: A United States navy task fore resumed minesweeping operations off Haiphong last week, after a two-month break.

    The force consisted of eighteen ships, including amphibious craft.

    There were also helicopters trailing magnetized devices for exploding magnetic mines. There is no indication of how long the clearing will take.

    United States and North Vietnamese officials have just started talks to discuss the massive task of clearing the inland waterways.

    The clearance of mines was part of the peace agreement signed in Paris in January to end the vietnam war. But the sweeping operations were broken off by the United States two months ago as a sign of displeasure at what it said were repeated violations of the ceasefire. In March the United States Defence Department established a school near Haiphong to teach the North Vietnamese how to safely explode mines themselves. For there are certain areas from which United States personnel are banned.

    After the clearing operations, the United States ship Washentaw County conducted some final runs to demonstrate the safety of the main channel for shipping.

    The minesweeping began again after Dr. Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's special adviser, and the North Vietnamese negotiator, Le Duc The, negotiated a new 14 point agreement.

    The basis of it was the withdrawal of North Vietnamese troops form the Khmer Republic in return for resumption of minesweeping and economic aid.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA170OZKI1WN3GU3TO64CCLNXH9
    Media URN:
    VLVA170OZKI1WN3GU3TO64CCLNXH9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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