Tuesday, February 17, 1967
- President Johnson says that the bombing of North Viet Nam is resumed because the communist government insisted on using the truce period to move supplies into South Viet Nam. “Under the circumstances, in fairness to our troops and those of our allies, we had no alternatives but to resume full-scale hostilities after the cease-fire,” the President says in a statement released by the White House. The resumption was delayed, the Pentagon announces, to avoid any possibility that earlier resumption would be misconstrued in relation to Mr. Kosygin’s visit to London. Premier Alexei Kosygin of Russia ended a seven-day visit to Britain yesterday.
- President Ho Chi Minh of North Viet Nam tells Pope Paul VI that unless his country’s peace terms are fulfilled, real peace cannot be restored in Viet Nam, Hanoi reports. Ho repeats Hanoi’s old stand in a reply to a papal expression on Feb. 8 of hope for an early peaceful settlement of the Viet Nam war. The main points are the cessation of bombing of North Viet Nam and the withdrawal of troops from South Viet Nam.