REDACTED CONCERNING NORTH VIETNAM'S PLANS TO NULLIFY ANY U.S. BLOCKADE OF HAIPH

Created: 5/12/1972

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Intelligence Information Cable

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COUNTRY': NORTH

DOI 2 SUBJECT :

CONCERNING NORTH VIETNAM'S PLANS TO

NULLIFY. BLOCKADE OF HAIPHONG

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A CABLED MESSAGE

ARRANGE FOR THIPMENTS

BE SENT BY EITHER SOVIET OR BLOC SHIPSHE CABLE SENT

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WHICH HIPMENT OF GOODS AWAIT ING SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS. THE MESSAGE ALSO INSTRUCTED THE COMPANY TO SHIP THE CARGO TO HONG KON3 FOR TRANSFERORTH VIETNAMESE SHIP.N DISCUSSING THE SITUATION FURTHER,

SAID THAT DURING THEPRIL

VISIT TO JAPANIGH RANKING NORTH VIETNAMESE ECONOMIC

DELEGATION,

SAID THAT NORTH VIET NAM

A REACTION BY THE U. S. TO THE NORTH VIETNAMESE INVASION OF SOUTH VIETNAM OF EITHER BOMBINGLOCKADE

HtHAT NORTH VIETNAM

OF HAIPHONG.

SAID THAT FIRST

HAD PLANS TO COPE WITH THIS SITUATION. OF ALLi NORTH VIETNAM HAD TWO MINESWEEPERS WHICH WOULD BE USED TOHANNEL INTO THE PORTONVOY OF SHIPS ACCUMULATED OUTSIDE THE PORT AREA. IF THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLUE DUE TO AIR ATTACKS ON THE MINESWEEPERS, THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WOULD REQUEST CHINESE, SOVIET AND BLOC SHIPS TO PROCEED TO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, THEN ALONG THE COAST OF CHINA THROUGH THE STRAITS BETWEEN HAINAN ISLAND AND

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THE CHINESE MAINLAND.FROM THERE THE SHIPS WOULD PROCEED WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL WATERS OF CHINA ALONG THE COAST TOWARDS HAIPHONG. IF ENTRY TO THE PORT COULD BE ACHIEVED' BY SWEEPING OR EVADING THE MINES, THIS WOULD BE DONE. IF THIS WAS IMPOSSIBLE, THE CARGO WOULD BE INLOADED AS CLOSE TO THE NORTH VIETNAMESE BORDER AS POSSIBLE IN CHINA AND THEN TRUCKED ACROSS THE BORDER INTO NORTH VIETNAM.

(INDICATED THAT THE STRAITS BETWEEN HAINAN AND MAINLAND CHINA MIGHT NOT ACCOMMODATE SHIPS OF VERY LARGE SIZE OR VERY DEEP DRAFT BUT THAT THIS METHOD WOULD BE FEASIBLE IN

ALMOST ALL CASES. SHIPS WOULD BE UNLOADED BY

LIGHTERS, WHICH MIGHT DELAY SUPPLIES REACHING

NORTHUT DELAYS COULD BE OVERCOME USING

CHINESE ASSISTANCE IN OFF LOADING OPERATIONS.

ALL ACT IV ITOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL

WATERS OF CHINA. AIR ATTACKS WOULD BE AGAINST

CHINA AS WELL AS NORTH VIETNAM.

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ECONOMIC ^DELEGATION HAD TOLD HIM THAT ATTACKS AGAINST THE CENTER OF HANOI ITSELF WOULD BE UNLIKELY SINCE. KNOWS THAT ITS PRISONERS OF WAR (POW'S) WERE KEPT THERE IN LARGE NUMBERS:

SAID THAT THE HANOI

PRISON AT THE INTERESECT ION OF DAI LOA TRUNG AND PHO QUAN SU ) WAS THE LOCATION OF ONE-FOURTH TO ONE-THIRD OF. POWS PRESENTLY HELD IN NORTH VIETNAM.

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