President Nixon on Friday (18 April) said that United States aerial reconnaissance flights over international waters along the North Korean coast will continue, only this time they will be protected.
President Nixon speaking.
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Background: President Nixon on Friday (18 April) said that United States aerial reconnaissance flights over international waters along the North Korean coast will continue, only this time they will be protected.
President Nixon told a nationally teveised news conference, "This is not a threat, this is simply statement of fact." He said that as President he could not ask 56,000 American troops stationed in South Korea to be endangered by not having intelligence knowledge which he said the unarmed reconnaissance flights provided.
The President also emphasized that the downed plane was over international waters and this fact??? confirmed not only by United States radar but also by the radar systems of North Korea and the Soviet Union. Mr. Nixon added that, unlike the case of the Pueblo in which there had been warnings from North Korea, there have never been any warnings concerning United States reconnaissance flights in the area.
President Nixon also said that the chances for peace in Vietnam have "significantly improved" since he took office three months ago. He said his assessment of the chances for peace was based on development "clearly beyond the Paris peace talks." But the President added that he is not considering a unilateral withdrawal of U.S. troops from the war zone.