President Nixon announced in Washington Thursday (29 June) that the United States would return to the Vietnam Peace talks in Paris on July 13.
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SOF STARTS: "On the negotiating front......"
SOF ENDS: "....our P.O.W.'s back."
PRESIDENT NIXON: "On the negotiating front, we have informed the North Vietnamese, after consultation with the government of Vietnam, that we will return to the negotiating table in Paris on April 13(sic), Thursday. We have been informed by the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong that they too will return on that date. We have returned to the negotiating table, or will return to it, on the assumption that the North Vietnamese are willing to negotiate in a constructive and serious way. We will be prepared to negotiate in that way. If those negotiations go forward in a constructive and serious way. this war can be ended, and it can be ended well before January 20th. If they do not go forward on that basis, the United States will continue to meet its commitments. Our bombing, as far as that's concerned our mining, is for the purpose only of preventing Communist aggression from succeeding, to protect the remaining Americans, forty-thousand or so that are still in Vietnam, and to have some bargaining position to get our P.O.W.'s back.
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Background: President Nixon announced in Washington Thursday (29 June) that the United States would return to the Vietnam Peace talks in Paris on July 13. He was speaking at a nationally televised press conference in the White House.
The President said the U.S. was returning to the negotiating table on the assumption that the North Vietnamese were prepared to talk in "a constructive and serious way." He went on to say that if serious negotiations were held, then the war could be over by January 20, 1973 -- the date the next president of the U.S. is inaugurated.
But, the President said that if the North Vietnamese did not negotiate seriously, the bombing of the North and the mining of its harbours would continue.