U.S. President Lyndon Johnson said at an informal news conference on Tuesday (2 June) that?
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President Johnson pan to reporters
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Honolulu conference site
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Rusk sits down - Lodge comes toward camera
McNamara seated pan to Rusk then Lodge
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Conference around table
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Background: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson said at an informal news conference on Tuesday (2 June) that the aim of the Honolulu talks on Southeast Asia was to promote the "efficiency and effectiveness" of the United States efforts to settle the Southeast Asian crisis. The President described the fighting in Laos and South Viet Nam as struggle for freedom on all fronts, and he said the U.S. will "keep its word" to help the people of South Viet Nam maintain their freedom.
Meanwhile, the top level United States policy conference on Southeast Asia entered its second and final day in Honolulu. At the first day's session, on Monday (1 June), U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam Henry Cabot Lodge and a number of other top level officials concerned with Southeast Asian affairs met at the military base overlooking pearl Harbour. The continued their discussions later at dinner parties, and met again on Tuesday. Officials said only that the activities of the Pathet Lao in Laos and the Viet Cong in South Vietnam were discussed. It seemed certain, however, that recommendations would be made for a firmer western policy in Southeast Asia.
While the talks were in progress, the People's Republic of China charged in a Peking Radio broadcast that "American overlords" at the Honolulu conference were planning aggressive military adventures in the area.