The United States and South Vietnam suspended the Paris Peace Talks indefinitely on Thursday after admitting they had run into complete deadlock.
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PORTER: "Well, you guessed it right. They came back with no answers to any questions, either because they were not authorised to go into such matters, or because they don't know what to say. Consequently, Ambassador Lam, speaking for our side, told them that we would not agree to set a date for the next meeting."
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Background: The United States and South Vietnam suspended the Paris Peace Talks indefinitely on Thursday after admitting they had run into complete deadlock.
The chief United States delegate William Porter said there was a "complete lack of progress on every available channel" and denounced the communist side for its "arrogant ultimatum and clumsy evasions."
Hanoi's chief delegate, Xuan Thuy said the U.S. action in suspending the talks for the second time in five weeks was "a new act of sabotage of unprecedented gravity."
The talks were first suspended on March 23 and resumed only last week at the express wish of President Nixon. And last Sunday (April 30), the Hanoi Politburo member Le Duc Tho flew into Paris for secret, parallel negotiations. The talks broke up after the 149th session -- as U.S. bombing raids continued to pound communist positions in South Vietnam and North Vietnamese troops closed in on the old imperial city of Hue, just south of the demilitarized zone, following the fall of the provincial capital Quang Tri last week.