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    THE US UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, MR NICHOLAS KATZENBACH, SAID IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY THAT U BOMBING RAIDS NEAR THE BORDERS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN NORTH VIETNAM DID NOT CONSTITUTE A THREAT TO CHINA.

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    DEBATE BETWEEN KATZENBACH AND SENATOR FULBRIGHT.



    TRANSCRIPT:



    FULBRIGHT: "YOU HAVEN'T REQUESTED -- AND DON'T INTEND TO REQUEST -- A DECLARATION OF WAR, AS I UNDERSTAND IT."



    KATZENBACH: "AS I EXPLAINED, THAT'S CORRECT, MR CHAIRMAN. BUT DIDN'T THAT RESOLUTION AUTHORISE THE PRESIDENT TO USE THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES IN WHATEVER WAS NECESSARY? DIDN'T IT? WHAT COULD A DECLARATION OF WAR HAVE DONE THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE PRESIDENT MORE AUTHORITY IN A CLEARER VOICE OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES THAN THAT DID?"



    FULBRIGHT: "I HAD A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR WITH SENATOR RUSSELL ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THIS KIND OF RESOLUTION IS NOW ACCEPTED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A DECLARATION OF WAR. I DON'T THINK IT IS PROPERLY SUCH, ESPECIALLY MADE UNDER CONDITIONS OF GREAT EMERGENCY."



    KATZENBACH: "MAY I COMMENT OR THAT, MR CHAIRMAN?"



    FULBRIGHT: "YES, I THOUGH YOU HAD COMMENTED ON IT. GO AHEAD."



    KATZENBACH: "I'D LIKE TO COMMENT ON IT MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE...IT SEEMS TO BE THAT IF YOUR COMPLAINT IS THE DRAFTING OF A RESOLUTION BY CONGRESS. THAT RESOLUTION WAS WORKED OUT....."



    FULBRIGHT: "THAT RESOLUTION WAS DRAFTED BY THE EXECUTIVE AND SENT UP HERE, WE DIDN'T DRAFT IT, BUT WE DID, UNDER THE IMPULSE OF THE EMERGENCY, ACCEPT IT."



    KATZENBACH: "MR CHAIRMAN, IT WASN'T ACCEPTED WITHOUT CONSIDERATION. HOW SUCH DEBATE WAS THERE ON THAT RESOLUTION..COMPARED WITH THE DECLARATION OF WAR WHEN PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SENT THAT? HOW QUICKLY DID THE CONGRESS RESPOND? IF YOU SAY THERE WAS PRESSURE, THERE WAS THE URGENCY..ER, MAYBE PEOPLE REGRET AFTERWARDS A DECLARATION OF WAR. BUT THAT SITUATION INHERENTLY IS ONE OF URGENCY. THE CONGRESS KNEW THE AUTHORIZATION IT WAS ??? THE PRESIDENT TO USE THE ARMED FORCES. IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE AS CLEAR AS ANYTHING CAN BE TO ANYONE WHO READS THAT RESOLUTION, AND READS THE DEBATE."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE US UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE, MR NICHOLAS KATZENBACH, SAID IN WASHINGTON YESTERDAY THAT U BOMBING RAIDS NEAR THE BORDERS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN NORTH VIETNAM DID NOT CONSTITUTE A THREAT TO CHINA. NOR, HE SAID, WAS PRESIDENT JOHNSON EXCEEDING THE POWERS CONGRESS HAD ALREADY GIVEN HIM TO PROSECUTE THE WAR.

    MR KATZENBACH SAID THAT A RESOLUTION ADOPTED IN 1964 SUPPORTING MEASURES DESIGNED TO REPEL ATTACKS ON US FORCES AND TO PREVENT FURTHER AGGRESSION HAD GIVEN THE PRESIDENT ALL THE AUTHORITY HE NEEDED.

    SENATOR FULBRIGHT SAID HE DID NOT FEEL THAT RESOLUTIONS OF THAT NATURE COULD PROPERLY BE ACCEPTED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A DECLARATION OR WAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD99C4LAUR61EV68UHRELM2E8H
    Media URN:
    VLVAD99C4LAUR61EV68UHRELM2E8H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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