STATEMENTS BY VO VAN SUNG, POLITICAL COUNSELOR OF THE DRV GENERAL DELEGATION IN

Created: 10/10/1967

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CENTIAl INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

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: STATEMENTS BY VO VAN SUNG, POLITICAL COUNSELOR Or THE DRV GENERAL DELEGATION IN POIS, ON THE VIETNAK WAR

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POLITICAL COUNSELOR OF THE GENERAL DELEGATE OP THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM (DRV) IN PARIS

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made the follqwing<comments on the Vietnam war: the drv has no false illusions concerning the efficacy of internal us opposition to the vietnam war. the drv will commence negotiations when the us stops bombing north vietnam. although the drv fears that the us will try to bomb the dikes, the drv believes that akti-aircraft defense will prevent this. the drv will defeat the us in another "diem bien phu". end summary.

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IONS TO VO VAN SUNG. SUNG'S REPLIES WERE AS SHD'.-'i. QUESTION: AS IN THE UNITEDOOKED CAREFULLY INTO THE QUESTION OF INTERNAL US PPOSITION TO THEiWAR. ID THAT, YOU ARE BANKING TOO MUCH ON THE EFFICACY OF THIS OPPOSITION. ANSWER i AN ASSURE YOU .i. HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT THIS. WE HAVE READ

THE POLLS AbO WE ARE HAPPY WITH WHAT WE SEE. HOWEVER, WE

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RECOGNIZE THAT, DESPITE THE EXTENT AND VOCIFEROUSNESS OF THE OPPOSITION, WE KNOW THAT IT REMAINS INEFFECTIVE AS LONG AS JOHNSON REMAINS UNCONVINCED.

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2. QUESTION I HAS IT OCCURRED TO YOU THAT YOU ARE DRIVING JOHNSONORNER; THAT, AS LONG AS YOU PERSIST IN YOUR REFUSAL TO USE DIPLOMATIC TOOLS TO END THE WAR , HE HAS NO ALTERNATIVE TO CONTINUING TO PURSUE THE WAR. ANSWER: ALL JOHNSON HAS TO DO IS TO STOP THE AGRESSION. WHEN THE BOMBING STOPS, WE WILL REACH OUR HAND OUT TO E WILL THEN BEGIN TO TALK UIET AND RATIONAL WAY.

c JOHNSON OFFERED NOTHING NEW IN HIS LATEST SPEECH. '

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BING MUST STOP BEFORE WE TALK.

i. QUESTION! SALISBURY, IN HIS JOOK, CITES SOME J c QLESTUNS HE WAS ASKED Ol WHICH INDICATE THAT YOU KAY SERIOUSLY UNDERESTIMA'-'E THE VASTNESS OF UNITED STATES RESOURCES. ANSWER: OH NO. WE ARE NOT FOOLS,KNOW c THE-POWER 0= ;he UNITED STATES.

A, QUESTION: THIN YOU KNOW THATRE PACED WITH

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ONLY TWO ALTERNATIVES: THE US CAN ESCALATE THE WAR TO c YOUR DISADVANTAGE OR,HE US DOES NOT CHOOSE TO DO THIS FOR FEAR OF ADVERSE WORLD PUBLIC OPINION, THE BEST YOU CAN HOPE FOR IS AN INTERMINABLE CONTINUATION OF THE PRESENT o OTHER WORDS. YOU SURELY CANNOT

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HOPE FOR ANOTHER DIEN BUN PHU. ANSWER: BUT YES. WE ARE PREPARINGIEN BIEN PHU AND IT WILL HAPPEN MUCH SOONER THAN YOU THINK. WORE THAN THAT I CANNOT TELL YOU.

WHAT ABOUT FURTHER US ESCALATION. ISYOU REALISTICALLY FEAR? ANSWER! THE US COULDDIKES. QUESTION: ON'T THINK THEY WOULD DO THATOF ADVERSE WORLD PUBLIC OPINION IN VIEW OF THEOF SUCH ACTION. ANSWER : BUT THEYSOME DIKES ALREADY. QUESTION: IF THEY HADTO DESTROY THE DIKES, THEY COULD HAVE DONE ON'T THINK SO. OUR AIR DEFENSES *RE

COKKENTi SUNG'S DISCUSSION ON POTENTIAL BOMBING OF DIKES WAS EVASIVE. . HE DID KOT WISH TO DISCUS6 THIST E( DB2AIL.

^AO IMPRESSION THAT THE QUESTION OF BOMBING DIKES WAS OF SERIOUS CONCERN TO SUNG.)

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