POW/MIA: VIETNAM GOVERNMENT CONCERNS ABOUT REPORTED SOVIET KGB INTERVIEWS OF U.

Created: 12/18/1991

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PASS: DIRECTOR, WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM;

NSA FOR ZKZK OO 2PL DE (EXCLUSIVE FOR THE DIRECTOR NSA); STATE EXCLUSIVE FOR THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, INR; DIA EXCLUSIVE FOR THE DIRECTOR DIA AND PASS TO NWS (DIRECTOR ONLY); EXCLUSIVE FOR USCINCPAC; EXCLUSIVE FOR COMMANDER JICPAC.

VIETNAM GOVERNMENT CONCERNS ABOUT REPORTED

SOVIET KGB INTERVIEWS. PRISONERS OF WAR

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GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED THAT THE REPORTS WILL UNDERMINE THE CREDIBILITY Of VIETNAMESE ASSERTIONS THAT. SERVICEMEN WERE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES AT THE END OF THE VIETNAM WAR. HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THE CURRENT INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE IS SUCH THAT KGB ASSERTIONS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BELIEVED THAN VIETNAMESE DENIALS.

3. ALSO SOME CONCERN

AMONG OFFICIALS OF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT THAT THE KGB ASSERTIONS COULD CONTAIN SOME ELEMENTS OF TROTH. UPON HEARING PRESS REPORTS OF THE KGB CLAIMS, VIETNAMESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS TRINH XUAN ANG)) ESSAGE TO THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE IN HANOI INQUIRING IF THERE WAS ANY TRUTH TO THE REPORTS. AS OFECEMBER, THE MINISTRY HAD NOT SPECIFICALLY RESPONDED TO LANG'S QUERY.

RECENT ARTICLES IN THE PRESS REPORT THAT OLEG EucTW^DVISER TO THE CHIEF OF SOVIET INTER-RE PUBLIC SECURITY SERVICE VADIM BAKATIN AND FORMER KGB GENERAL, SAID IN AN INTERVIEW FOR AN AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION PROGRAM THAT HE HEADED AN INTERROGATION TEAM IN VIETNAM5S THAT QUESTIONED AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLES, SOVIET AGENTS INTERVIEWED FOR THE PROGRAM CLAIM THAT OTHER AMERICANS WERE FLOWN TO THE SOVIET UNION FOR QUESTIONING BY SOVIET AGENTS AND KAY HAVE BEEN KILLED AFTER BEING RETURNED TO THE VIETNAMESE-J

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