Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, at a news conference in London, on Friday (16 November), blamed the Vietnamese for the suffering in Kampuchea and accused Hanoi and the ousted Kampuchean Pol Pot regime of barbarity.
GV INTERIOR: Henry Kissinger arriving at news conference and walking to seat.
CU AND GV: Mr. Kissinger being questioned by Visnews reporter John Darby (3 shots)
DARBY: "Do you think that it would help matters any, if the Shah should leave the United States for Mexico?"
KISSINGER: The Shah was a friend of the United States for thirty-seven years. Six Presidents, from both parties, found it convenient to work closely with the Shah. Scores of Cabinet members visited Teheran. All high officials of the six administrations considered it a distinction to be invited to the Iranian Embassy in Washington. It therefore seems to me... and this President visited Iran on New Years Eve of 1978, and said there was no one in the world with whom he would rather spend New Year's Eve than the Shah of Iran. Now, I would consider it the height of bad taste and the height of dishonour, that the United States would expel, or consider expelling a very ill man who has had a major operation, and is, in addition, suffering from cancer, who is in America for private medical treatment. Of course the United States must have the best possible relations with whatever government exists in Iran. And I'm not suggesting that the United States give political support to the Shah, or encourage political activity by the Shah, while he is in the United States. But I have believed all along, that American honours were involved in permitting him private asylum in the United States, even before he became ill. I think certainly American honour is involved now to either expel or encourage to leave, a very ill man, who for thirty-seven years was our friend, and about, so far as I know, no criticism was voiced, as long as he was in a position to be helpful to the United States."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, at a news conference in London, on Friday (16 November), blamed the Vietnamese for the suffering in Kampuchea and accused Hanoi and the ousted Kampuchean Pol Pot regime of barbarity. Mr. Kissinger, in London to launch the British edition of his memoirs, told reporters that Hanoi's expansionism, its determination to secure total victory and exterminate its opponents, were responsible for Kampuchea's suffering. The man who won the Nobel Prize for his role in ending America's confrontation with North Vietnam said that at the very worst, the U.S. policies gave the North Vietnamese a pretext for carrying out their long-term aim to take over Kampuchea.
SYNOPSIS: Visnews reporter John Darby asked Mr. Kissinger about the Shah's presence in the U.S.