North Vietnam's spoke man, in Paris on Thursday (8 June) accused the United States of making bombing attacks on a network of dykes that protect much of the country from the floods of the monsoon season, expected very soon.
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MV North Vietnamese spokesman Mr. Tranh Lee speaking
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MV Mr. Lee at map pointing..... translated into French (SOF)
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Background: North Vietnam's spoke man, in Paris on Thursday (8 June) accused the United States of making bombing attacks on a network of dykes that protect much of the country from the floods of the monsoon season, expected very soon.
The spokesman, Nguyen Thanh Lee accused the Unites States of deliberately bombing the dykes in North Vietnam in an attempt to break the fighting spirit of the North Vietnamese people.
There are reports from Peking that U.S. bombing may be hurting North Vietnam more than its leadership is admitting. The reports are from foreign diplomats in Peking, who have talked with visitors from Hanoi.
The United States has claimed startling successes in destroying crucial military targets in North Vietnam in recent weeks. A vital factor seems to be the use of laser and television guided bombs. The United States maintains, however, that bombing raids are restricted to military targets and do not include the dykes and irrigation systems that North Vietnam says are being attacked.
SYNOPSIS: At the headquarters of the North Vietnamese delegation in Paris on Wednesday, a press conference was called to discuss the continuing U.S. bombing raids over North Vietnam. Spokesman at the press conference was Nguyen Thanh Lee.
Using a map of North Vietnam, Mr. Lee described the areas over which U.S. bombing has been concentrated in recent weeks. He was particularly concerned with vital areas around North Vietnam's major rivers where important dykes and irrigation systems protect much of the country from floods.
Speaking in Vietnamese, his remarks were translated into French for the press. Mr. Lee accused the United States of bombing the key system of dykes in North Vietnam at a time when monsoon rains could devastate much of the countryside. His remarks followed a Hanoi statement last Friday that President Nixon was deliberately bombing the dykes in order to break the fighting spirit of the North Vietnamese people. Although the U.S. has denied bombing the dykes, they have not been ruled out as a potential target. The United States has claimed remarkable success in knocking out military targets. A vital factor seems to have been the use of laser and television guided bombs.