The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer, and the Deputy Secretary of Defence, Mr.
CU Senator Symington speaking
Admiral Moorer and Deputy Secretary of Defence Clements CU then ZOOM out to both men
SENATOR SYMINGTON: "One thing we certainly do not want to do, I don't want to do, is send any of our own people out there to fight -- airmen, ground troops and so forth. But I think without that reservation, and their credit is pretty good, certainly a lot better than some of the other countries that we've been extending credit to, in the Far East; why, I think it is incumbent on us to try to help them to survive, and it may be a question of survival, if these negotiations fail."
REPORTER: "Then you would anticipate Congress helping Israel in every way possible?"
SENATOR SYMINGTON: "Short of sending any troops out there, and of course we'll, we would expect to get credit for what we send, and that they would pay use back if they survived."
REPORTER: "Admiral, what can you tell us about the reports that there are North Korean pilots flying Egyptian 'planes in the middle East?"
ADMIRAL MOORER: "There are indications that North Koreans are flying in Egypt, flying Egyptian 'planes and have been flying essentially defensive patrols."
DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENCE WILLIAM CLEMENTS: (INTERRUPTING): "Just a minute, I think it should be noted that these flights were within the boundaries in Egypt. But they are not outside Egypt, not outside Egypt.
REPORTER: "You would call them defensive combat?"
ADMIRAL MOORER: "Well, I use the term "defensive patrol", and in essence they have been flying up and down the canal."
REPORTER: "But there are reports out of the Pentagon that the Korean Pilots have been involved in combat. Is that correct?"
ADMIRAL MOORER: "well, I think if the Israeli pilots operating in the area that this patrol covers, then obviously, they'll get engaged."
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Background: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Thomas Moorer, and the Deputy Secretary of Defence, Mr. William Clements, attended the United States Senate Armed Services Committee meeting on Thursday (18th October). The Armed Service Committee, chaired by Senator Stuart Symington, met in executive session to discuss continued aid to Israel. After the meeting, Senator Symington, Admiral Moorer and Mr. Clements spoke to newsmen: