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    U.S. troops probably will not leave South Viet Nam in 1969. This opinion from U.S.?

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    U.S. troops probably will not leave South Viet Nam in 1969. This opinion from U.S. Defence Secretary Clark Clifford. Mr. Clifford told a news conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (July 11) unless there was substantial progress soon in the Paris peace talks be doubted the possibility of withdrawal.

    The Secretary announced that he would leave for Viet Nam in two days. Mr. Clifford will meet U.S. military leaders to discuss a possible new Viet Cong offensive.

    Mr. Clifford, who will be accompanied by General Earle Wheeler, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. military has information which indicates much Viet Cong activity around Saigon. He said; "I believe we must anticipate the possibility of a new offensive on the part of enemy forces in July, or possibly in August."
    The Secretary also told reporters that from Saigon he will fly to Honolulu to Join President Johnson and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thiou. The Presidents are scheduled to meet about July 20.

    Secretary Clifford also announced that the U.S. would begin construction of a new high-speed nuclear submarine. The vessel has been sought for four years by U.S. Vice-Admiral Hyman Rickover, often called the father of the nuclear submarine. Mr. Rickover recently criticized the Defense Department in Congressional hearings for not developing the new submarine.

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