At the end of their two-day summit meeting at the Western White House in San Clements, California, President Nixon and President Theiu of South Vietnam threatened "vigorous reactions" to ceasefire violations by Hanoi.
GV & MV PAN Mixon, Thiew & aides seated around table (2 shots)
CU Nixon speaking
CU Thiew speaking
PRESIDENT NIXON: "Mr. President, we have been allies in a long and difficult war, and you can be sure we stand with you as we continue to work together to build a lasting peace."
PRESIDENT THIEU: "I had during these two days varied talks and cordial conversations with President Nixon, which I am sure will help lay the foundations of lasting peace in our part of the world and also fruitful co-operation between the American and Vietnamese people in the post-war period."
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Background: At the end of their two-day summit meeting at the Western White House in San Clements, California, President Nixon and President Theiu of South Vietnam threatened "vigorous reactions" to ceasefire violations by Hanoi.
But the joint communique and public statements made after the summit fell short of the guarantees sought by President Thiew that the United States would order renewed bombing and move against any large scale-invasion by the North Vietnamese.
Both presidents voiced concern about the infiltration of men and equipment into the south. They reported agreement on post-war development in South Vietnam and President Nixon gave the South Vietnamese leader a strong commitment of substantial economic aid, provided Congressional authority was obtained.
A transcript of the statements made by both at the close of the meetings, seen on this film, follows: