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    Both Thailand and the United States agreed today to removed almost ten thousand of the twenty-five thousand American servicemen in Thailand in the next two months.

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    The new Prime Minister of Thailand, in an interview with NRC News, says he does not believe that Hanoi intends to make Thailand its next target for overrunning. He does not believe that.
    5.33


    But in intelligence reports available here that is precisely Hanoi's intention. Some in the Thai government fear it and believe the Prime Minister is being too sanguine about the dangers that face this country.
    7.29


    They look at the map.
    7.29


    In the north and northeast of their country there are bands of communist guerillas who have been there for ten years but have been more aggressive and more numerous latel.
    0.38


    Intelligence reports say as many as 9000 soldiers, armed by Hanoi, many trained in Hanoi, and 50,000 active communist supporters in these regions.
    7.52


    Across the border, in Laos, (REVEAL)



    a complete network of roads has been built, and supply depots and command structure, apparently for just one reason, to supply a war against Thailand.
    8.04


    Hanoi radio has been saying most every day that Thailand is the next target for liberation. And now that its troops will not be otherwise occupied, there are those in Thailand who fear that the time has come.



    But the new Prime Minister is not one of them. Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj.
    8.23


    "There are American intelligence reports that said that North Vietnam has targeted Thailand as "War Zone D", scheduled this country to be overrun as South Vietnam and Cambodia were overrun. Do you believe that?



    When will that happen



    Do you think it will?



    I think it depends on us, not on N. Vietnam alone.



    Do you believe North Vietnam has such an intention and or capability?



    No



    REVERSE QUESTION: Mr. Prime Minister, you have asked that American troops be withdrawn from your country in the next year. What do you see after that as America's role in this part of the world?"



    "Well I certainly would like to be friendly with the United States....We would like to, to feel that the United States is there, ready to help us in time of trouble or danger.



    Do you believe that.



    I would like to but it's been very difficult From what I can see now the presence of United States troops in this country is merely to compromise us un the eyes of the other camp that we are the U.S. lackeys and all that sort of thing...
    8.23


    REVERSE QUESTION: "Is that why you've asked American troops be withdrawn from Thailand?"
    8.25


    Yes, I think it could help clear the air around us. Americans will be gone from these bases in Thailand within a year. The Thais figure it would cost GBP2 billion a year to maintain the basses for themselves. They can't afford it, so they won't. What will become of them? A Thai official says, Utapao,when the B-52's are gone,we'll probably use to dry tapioca root.
    8.47


    Perkins: Hanoi radio has been saying most every day that Thailand is the next target for liberation. And now that its troops will not be otherwise occupied, there are those in Thailand who fear the time has come. But the new Prime Minister is not one of them. Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj.



    PM: I think it depends on us, not on North Vietnam alone.



    JP: Do you believe North Vietnam has such an intention and/or capability?



    PM: I don't think so personally. No.



    JP: So you don't feel any....?



    PM: Well, they might have aims of increasing their political influence and power and all that, but I don't think they will resort direct invasion.



    JP: Mr. Prime Minister, you have asked that American troops be withdrawn from your country in the next year. What would you see, after that, as America's role in this part of the world?



    PM: Well, I certainly would like to be friendly with the United States. We would like to, to feel that the United States is there, ready to help us in time of trouble or danger.



    JP: Do you believe that?



    PM: I would like to, but it's been very difficult. From what I can see now, the presence of United States troops in this country is merely to compromise us in the eyes of the other camp, that we are the U.S. lackeys and all that sort of thing.



    JP: Trojan horse?



    PM. Yes. And from the facts that I know, the United States is not helping us very much by way or military aid any longer. Because of Congress, I suppose. You can blare everything on Congress. Yes, American congress; there it is.



    JP: In that why you've asked American troops be withdrawn from Thailand?



    PM: Yes, I think it would help clear the air around us.



    synopsis: both thailand and the united states agreed today to remove almost ten thousand of the twenty-five thousand american servicemen in thailand in the next two months.



    thailand wants the rest out in a year, out that's negotiable.



    the pentagon said it is flying out of thailand some of the hundred and twenty planes flown to that country by fleeing south vietnamese pilots.



    and thailand now treads a delicate course between the united states and the indochina victors. jack perkins, travelling in south-east asia, is assessing the effects of that victory. tonight, to reports from bangkok.



    Thailand is a survivor.
    2.52


    Through the centuries, of all the nations of Southeast Asia, only Thailand has never been overrun or colonized.



    It has always managed -- as they like to say here -- to bend in the wind like the bamboo.



    And so now, Thailand tells Americans to get out so Thailand won't look like an American lackey anymore. And it tries to get as friendly as possible with Hanoi and Peking.



    To bend to the new winds it feels blowing across southeast Asia today.




    Initials JP



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Both Thailand and the United States agreed today to removed almost ten thousand of the twenty-five thousand American servicemen in Thailand in the next two months.

    Thailand wants the rest out in a year, but that's negotiable. The Pentagon said it is flying out of Thailand some of the hundred and twenty planes flown to that country by fleeing South Vietnamese pilots. And Thailand now treads a delicate course between that United States and the indochina victors. Jack Perkins, travelling in South East Asia, is assessing the effects of that victory. Tonight, be reports from Bangkok.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA14LKUHVETXVHOGSQ5M9ETWM6E
    Media URN:
    VLVA14LKUHVETXVHOGSQ5M9ETWM6E
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:00:00
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