The North Vietnamese Politburo member negotiating in the Vietnam peace talks in paris, Le Duc Tho, said on Friday (May 12) that his country was confident of continuing Soviet support.
GV EXT. North Vietnamese flag over building. (2 shots)
SV INT. Le Duc Tho enters news conference and waves to newsmen.
CV Le Duc Tho speaks in Vietnamese.
SAME SHOT PAN ACROSS TO interpreter speaking in English.
IN: "We are....." and interpreter continues translating La Due Tho's Vietnamese speech.
OUT:...we have no comment to make.
LE DUC THO SPEAKING (IN NORTH VIETNAMESE) AT NEWS CONFERENCE: INTERPRETER TRANSLATING INTO ENGLISH.
LE DUC THO, IN NORTH VIETNAMESE.
INTERPRETER (ENGLISH): "We are firmly confident that the support that the Soviet Unions have been giving us will remain unchanged, as has been up to now."
LE DUC THEO, IN NORTH VIETNAMESE.
INTERPRETER: "The invitation of.....to Mr. Nixon to visit the Soviet Union.....it is an affair of the Soviet Union. I have no comment to make."
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Background: The North Vietnamese Politburo member negotiating in the Vietnam peace talks in paris, Le Duc Tho, said on Friday (May 12) that his country was confident of continuing Soviet support. He also rejected the latest proposal for a cease-fire in south-east Asia by President Nixon of the United States.
Mr. Nixon's call was made on May 8, when he announced the current mine-blockade of North Vietnamese ports. The mines are reckoned to be too sophisticated to be defused by North Vietnamese forces, but the Soviet Union is recognised by Western military powers to have experts skilled enough to possibly do the job.
SYNOPSIS: In the continuing efforts to find a Vietnam peace formula in Paris, France, North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho has rejected the latest proposal for a cease-fire in south-east Asia by President Nixon of the United States, Le Duc Tho, who is a member of the North Vietnamese Politburo, the country's ruling body, told a news conference on Friday that President Nixon was only trying to bury the political issue of who was to hold power in South Vietnam.
Mr. Nixon's call for a cease-fire was made on May the sight, when he announced the current mine-blockade of North Vietnamese ports. The North vietnamese it's believed in Western military circles, aren't skilled enough to defuse the complex mines. But the Soviet Union is recognised to have experts sufficiently skilled to possibly do the job. Le Due Tho spoke of Soviet support for North Vietnam, AND of President Nixon's forthcoming visit to Russia.