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    AMERICAN VICE-PRESIDENT HUBERT HUMPHREY TODAY (MONDAY) FOUND A WIDE MEASURE OF AGREEMENT ON PROBLEMS RANGING FROM INTERNATIONAL TRADE TO NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION WHEN HE TALKED WITH BRITISH MINISTERS.

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    HUMPHREY WITH BROWN; DOWNING STREET; HUMPHREY WITH WILSON; STUDENTS IN TELEVISION STUDIO; HUMPHREY ANSWERS QUESTIONS (SOF).



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    QUESTIONER: "WHEN THE GOVERNMENT STARTED THE BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM YOU SAID THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS ACTIVITY WAS TO FORCE HANOI TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE, WHICH YOU CLAIMED HANOI WASN'T WILLING TO GO TO AT THAT TIME. SINCE THEN HANOI HAS SAID THAT IT'S WILLING TO COME TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE IF THE BOMBING STOPS. AND YET THE BOMBING CONTINUES AND AMERICA MAKE FURTHER CONDITIONS. AREN'T YOU ASKING HANOI TO ACCEPT YOUR RIGHT TO COMMIT UNILATERAL ACTS OF ESCALATION WHENEVER YOU FEEL LIKE IT?"



    HUMPHREY: "WELL, NOW, I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU ASK THAT QUESTION BECAUSE THE PREMISE ON WHICH YOU ASK IT IS NOT THE PREMISE OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S POLICY. WE DID NOT SAY THAT WE STARTED THE BOMBING TO BRING VIETNAM TO THE CONFERENCE TABLE. WE SAID THAT WE WERE HOPEFUL THAT THE BOMBING WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE INFILTRATION OF PERSONNEL AND MANPOWER INTO SOUTH VIETNAM, THAT THE PRICE OF THAT INFILTRATION WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER. WE DID NOT EVER ASSUME THAT THE BOMBING WOULD EVER BRING VIETNAM TO ITS KNEES. I THINK THAT THE BRITISH KNOW THIS BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD BECAUSE GERMAN BOMBING OF VIETNAM... ER GERMAN BOMBING OF BRITAIN SURELY DID NOT DESTROY GREAT BRITAIN, AND ANYBODY WHO HAS LIVED THROUGH THAT PERIOD KNOWS BETTER THAN TO ASSUME THAT BOMBING ALONE CAN DO ANYTHING EXCEPT TO MAKE A HEAVIER PRICE FOR WHATEVER YOU SEEK TO DO. SO WE FELL THAT....ER... WE'RE PREPARED TO STOP THE BOMBING, WE'RE PREPARED TO STOP THE BOMBING WHEN WE CAN GET ONE ACT OF MUTUAL RECIPROCITY OR FROM NORTH VIETNAM. WE ARE SEEKING TO BRING INTO VIETNAM ONLY THAT AMOUNT OF AMERICAN WHICH WILL ACHIEVE ONE OBJECTIVE: TO PERMIT SOUTH VIETNAM TO BE ABLE TO WORK ITS OWN WILL FOR ITS OWN DESTINY FOR ITS OWN INSTITUTIONS; IN OTHER WORDS, TO PREVENT THE AGGRESSION FROM THE NORTH AND TO PERMIT THE SOUTH TO WORK OUT ITS DESTINY IN THE SOUTH."




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    Background: AMERICAN VICE-PRESIDENT HUBERT HUMPHREY TODAY (MONDAY) FOUND A WIDE MEASURE OF AGREEMENT ON PROBLEMS RANGING FROM INTERNATIONAL TRADE TO NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION WHEN HE TALKED WITH BRITISH MINISTERS. THE VICE-PRESIDENT HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION WITH FOREIGN SECRETARY GEORGE BROWN, AND THIS EVENING DINED WITH PRIME MINISTER HAROLD WILSON. HE ALSO APPEARED ON A BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION TELEVISION PROGRAMMED AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM A GROUP OF STUDENTS.

    VICE-PRESIDENT HUMPHREY, WHO FLIES TO BONN ON WEDNESDAY, WAS ASKED ABOUT UNITED STATES POLICY IN VIETNAM DURING THE TELEVISION FORUM:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA37GNN3AWJZFN0T1OYN16T6NDO
    Media URN:
    VLVA37GNN3AWJZFN0T1OYN16T6NDO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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