• Short Summary

    NORTH VIETNAM TODAY (FRIDAY) ACCUSED THE UNITED STATES OF TRYING TO COVER UP RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS OVER THE NORTH AND INTENSIFICATIONS OF THE WAR IN THE SOUTH BY CHARGING HANOI WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE.

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    PRESS CONFERENCE; MR LE SPEAKING; INTERPRETER (FRENCH AND VIETNAMESE SOF)




    Initials JH/VS/CCT/SGM



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    Background: NORTH VIETNAM TODAY (FRIDAY) ACCUSED THE UNITED STATES OF TRYING TO COVER UP RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS OVER THE NORTH AND INTENSIFICATIONS OF THE WAR IN THE SOUTH BY CHARGING HANOI WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE.

    NORTH VIETNAM'S SPOKESMAN, MR NGUYEN THANH LE, DESCRIBED AS "SUBTERFUGE" A STATEMENT ISSUED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ON BEHALF OF ACTING U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE NICHOLAS KATZENBACH ON COMMUNIST SHELLING OF UNITED STATES POSITIONS SOUTH OF THE BUFFER ZONE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM. HE WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS.

    "THIS IS SUBTERFUGE AIMED AT CAMOUFLAGING THE INTENSIFICATION OF THE WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND THE CONTINUATION OF ILLEGAL FLIGHTS OVER NORTH VIETNAM IN ORDER TO MISLEAD WORLD OPINION WHICH IS DEMANDING THE OPENING OF A FOUR-SIDED PEACE CONFERENCE IN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME," HE TOLD THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

    HE CONTINUED: "WE ARE DETERMINED TO UNMASK THESE AMERICAN MANOEUVRES,"
    BUT IN ANSWER TO NUMEROUS QUESTIONS, MR LE DID NOT FLATLY DENY THE SHELLING.

    "AS LONG AS THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES ITS WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE AND THEIR ARMED FORCES WILL CONTINUE THEIR STRUGGLE," MR LE SAID.

    HANOI IS PRESSING THE UNITED STATES TO GO AHEAD WITH THREE-WAY TALKS -- GROUPING NORTH VIETNAM, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (NLF) AND THE U.S. "IT IS USELESS TO WAIT FOR SAIGON", MR LE SAID, THROUGH AN INTERPRETER, "THEY CAN COME WHEN THEY LIKE."
    THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT HAS SO FAR BOYCOTTED THE NEW PHASE OF THE PARIS TALKS, OBJECTING TO THE PRESENCE OF A TEAM FROM THE NLF, AND INSISTING THAT HANOI VIETNAM TALKS TO IT DIRECTLY.

    MR LE ALSO SAID TODAY THAT TWO AMERICAN RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN SHOT DOWN IN NORTH VIETNAM SINCE PRESIDENT JOHNSON ORDERED THE BOMBING HALT IN NOVEMBER 1.

    NINETEEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF U.S. PILOTED AND REMOTE-CONTROLLED AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING SR-71s, F-8s AND F-4, CARRIED OUT A TOTAL OF ??? TO WEDNESDAY (13 NOVEMBER), HE SAID.

    "ON 10 NOVEMBER, AMERICAN RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT VIOLATED THE AIRSPACE OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF NORTH VIETNAM 17 TIMES. ON 11 NOVEMBER, THIS WAS DONE 13 TIMES, AND ON 12 NOVEMBER 19 TIMES, AND 17 TIMES NOVEMBER 13," THE NORTH VIETNAMESE SPOKESMAN SAID.

    AMERICAN WARSHIPS BOMBARDED THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE ON WEDNESDAY AND AMERICAN ARTILLERY SHELLED THE SAME AREA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), HE ADDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAYWBS4HBJ1H076PWH0HYEVKF7
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYWBS4HBJ1H076PWH0HYEVKF7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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