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    THE U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENCE, MR CLARK CLIFFORD, ARRIVED IN SAIGON ON SUNDAY (JULY 14)?

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    LV AIRCRAFT TAXIES
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    MV ELLSWORTH BUNKER (LEFT) & GEN. ABRAMS WAITING
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    MV CLIFFORD OFF AIRCRAFT
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    SV CLIFFORD, BUNKER AND OTHERS ALONG
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    SV INT..NEWSMEN
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    MV CLIFFORD AND WHEELER AT TABLE
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    MV CAMERAMEN
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    CU CLIFFORD SOF.....
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    TRANSCRIPT: CLIFFORD: " WE ARE INTERESTED IN DOING ALL THAT WE CAN TO DEVELOP THE ARVN. AS YOU MAY KNOW, WE HAVE ACCELERATED PRODUCTION OF THE M. 16 RIFLE. WE HAD BUT ONE PRODUCER BEFORE, AND WE HAVE NOW CONTRACTED TO OPEN TWO MORE SOURCES OF SUPPLY. WE SHALL BE TURNING M.16 OUT AT A SUBSTANTIALLY MORE RAPID RATE AS WE GET IN TO THE END OF THIS YEAR. WE INTEND TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO THE ARVN FORCES, ALL ARVN FORCES, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR OWN FORCES, TO GIVE ALL OF THE ARVN FORCES THE M.16 JUST AS SOON AS WE CAN. OTHER WEAPONS, OF DIFFERENT NATURE, WE ARE ACCELERATING SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE FIREPOWER AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ARVN FORCES".




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    Background: THE U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENCE, MR CLARK CLIFFORD, ARRIVED IN SAIGON ON SUNDAY (JULY 14) FOR A VISIT TO SOUTH VIETNAM. TODAY HE HELD TALKS WITH SOUTH VIETNAM'S THREE TOP LEADERS - PRESIDENT VAN THIEU, VICE-PRESIDENT CAO KY AND PRIME MINISTER TRAN VAN HUONG ON THE COMING TALKS IN HONOLULU BETWEEN MR THIEU AND PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON.

    MR CLIFFORD WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY GENERAL WHEELER, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY HIGH-RANKING VIETNAMESE AND AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVES, INCLUDING THE AMERICAN MILITARY COMMANDER GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS, AND THE U.S. AMBASSADOR IN SAIGON, MR ELLSWORTH BUNKER.

    HE PLEDGED INCREASED ARMS SUPPORT TO THE VIETNAMESE ARMY EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN FORCES.

    HE REFUSED TO BE DRAWN INTO SUGGESTING A SPECIFIC DATE FOR THE BEGINNING OF A WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. FORCES; THIS, HE SAID, DEPENDED ON THE TURN OF MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC EVENTS. HE TOLD REPORTERS.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8J4YAGT4QQUO348BQSB7SN7D1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8J4YAGT4QQUO348BQSB7SN7D1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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