The American Secretary of State, Doctor Henry Kissinger said in California on Saturday (5 April) that it was unlikely President Ford would seek permission to resume the bombing of communist forces in Vietnam.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: KISSINGER: "The North Vietnamese have introduced almost their entire army into South Vietnam, so that there are eighty North Vietnamese divisions in South Vietnam at this moment, leaving only two or three divisions in North Vietnam. This is in flagrant total violation of solemn agreements which were endorsed by the international community. That created an unbalanced military situation in the North in which whatever the South Vietnamese did was likely to be wrong. If they stood they were going to be defeated piecemeal. If they retreated they ran the risk of the disintegration of the units which were retreating, which is in fact what happened. I think there is some credence in what General Thieu is saying. I thank that the adjectives he used are those of a desperate man who is in great anguish. There is the possibility for the South Vietnamese military forces to stabilise the situation. The next question is for what length of time and against what level of attack. And then there is also the moral question for the United States, whether, when an ally who has been associated for the years, wishes to defend itself, whether the United States, should make a decision for it, by withholding supplies that it should not longer defend itself."
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Background: The American Secretary of State, Doctor Henry Kissinger said in California on Saturday (5 April) that it was unlikely President Ford would seek permission to resume the bombing of communist forces in Vietnam. Speaking to newsmen after a meeting with the President and the American Army Chief of Staff, General Frederick Weyand, Dr. Kissinger said the President would tell Congress on Thursday what he wants the United States to do to help South Vietnam.
Here is a transcript of Dr. Kissinger's talks with newsmen.