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Secretary Rusk Blames Communists for Violence in Vietnam

Mar. 1, 1962 - Secretary of State Dean Rusk said today that the fighting in South Vietnam could end overnight if Communist nations would leave that country alone. Taking note of demands, especially in Communist China, for big-power consultations on Vietnam, Mr. Rusk said that he saw no need for complicated or prolonged talks. But he added that the U.S. was always prepared to talk, as long as the talk dealt with the root of the trouble: “the Communist aggression against Vietnam.” “The situation is as simple as that,” he declared. “We have no combat units in that country, and we have no desire for bases or other U.S. military advantages. All we want is that the Vietnamese be free to determine their own future.”

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