President Nixon, during a new conference in Washington last night (Thursday) rejected ideas that the United States would take part in an invasion of North Vietnam by the South.
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"President Thieu has stated...."
"...through geographical acquisition."
TRANSCRIPT: PRESIDENT NIXON (SEQ. 2): "President Thieu has stated that he would consider the necessity of invading North Vietnam. Let's look at his position. There are no South Vietnamese in North Vietnam. There are 100,000 North Vietnamese in South Vietnam and they've already killed over 200,000 South Vietnamese. Therefore President Thieu has to take the position that unless the North Vietnamese leave South Vietnam alone he would have to consider the possibility of going against the North. That is his position. And I'm not going to speculate on what position he might take in the future in order to defend himself the right of self-defence in view of the fact that he is being attacked. He is not attacking North Vietnam. There are some hard fighting ahead. But the decision to go into Laos I think was the right decision. It will reduce American casualties. The 200,000 rounds of ammunition. The 2,000 heavy and light guns that have already been captured and destroyed. The 67 tanks that have been destroyed are not going to be killing Americans. And, most significantly. I checked the flow of supplies down the trails from the area in which the North Vietnamese and the South Vietnamese are engaged. General Abrams reports that there's been a 55 per cent decrease in truck traffic south, into South Vietnam, which means that those trucks that do not go south will not carry the arms and the men that will be killing Americans. There was four years of fighting up until August of last year and for seven months no guns were fired in the Middle East, that was progress of a kind. We hope that the Truce fire, either by agreement will be extended, we hope that the Israelis and the Egyptians, and for that matter the Jordanians will continue some kind of discussion. As far as imposing a settlement however, we can only say that we can make suggestions, but we are going to have to depend upon the parties concerned to reach an agreement. And we of course will be there to see that the balance of power is maintained in the Mid East, which we will continue to do. Because if that balance changes that could bring on war. And also we are prepared, as I have indicated, to join other major powers, including the Soviet Union. guaranteeing any settlement that is made which would give Israel the security of its borders that it might not get through geographical acquisition.
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Background: President Nixon, during a new conference in Washington last night (Thursday) rejected ideas that the United States would take part in an invasion of North Vietnam by the South. He also said the U.S. would not impose a solution in the Middle East and it was up to Israel and the Arab states to reach an agreement. While rejecting intervention in any Vietnamese invasion, he warned that air strikes against the North could be resumed against supply routes and missile sites.