Secretary of State Dean Rusk said on his return from a 22,700 mile diplomatic mission Saturday he expected other countries to step up their aid to South Vietnam ---perhaps to include combat troops.
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Background: Secretary of State Dean Rusk said on his return from a 22,700 mile diplomatic mission Saturday he expected other countries to step up their aid to South Vietnam ---perhaps to include combat troops.
Rusk also indicated he was ready to tell President Johnson that NATO had weathered France's military withdrawal and was ready to begin rebuilding for a space-age future.
Rusk flew to nearby Andrews Air Force Base from the Paris NATO meeting. At a planeside news conference, he said that nowhere on his wide-ranging travels to Asia and Europe did he find any indication that Hanoi was willing to negotiate an end to the Vietnam war.
The Secretary visited Japan, Taiwan, South Vietnam, Thailand, Teheran and India before going to Paris for the NATO Conference.
Disclosing he expected more help from Youess allies for South Vietnam, Rusk declined to say which countries might offer additional aid. He said that was for them to announce.
Rusk did say that he found "Good Understanding" of the issues in the war during his trip, including that on the part of the NATO countries.
Asked about the controversy over Youess bombing raids in the vicinity of the North Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, Rusk declined to go beyond administrative statements that warplanes had only struck military targets.
There would be no need for American planes to be over North Vietnam at all if Hanoi would give up its military ambitions in the south Rusk said.
He also commented that a lot of people seem to be paying more attention to Youess bombings in the north than to communist terrorism in the south. He said there was a terrorist attack on Saigon Airport while he was in South Vietnam.
NATO discussions clearly demonstrated that despite France's pullout, the remaining 14 allies will continue to defend Europe, Rusk said.
At what will probably be the last NATO Council of Ministers sessions in France, the discussions primarily concerned the "boundaries" of how France will and will not participate in the alliance, he said.
Youess officials in Paris said that Rusk would tell the President that no new NATO crisis was in sight. Other western nations including Britain were said to agree with the assessment.
The Youess sources in Paris said it was apparent form the two-day session that no help would be forthcoming from NATO members as far as troops for Vietnam were concerned. But they said European allies might offer some other type of help.
The council decided to begin studying ways of giving the alliance, formed in 1949 a new look compatible with the indistinct.