Nation: Thieu: Determined and Defiant

How does South Viet Nam's President Nguyen Van Thieu feel about his own role in the U.S. debate over the war? In an unusually candid hour-long interview with TIME Correspondent Marsh Clark last week, Thieu stoutly defended his government and insisted on its continuance at least until the elections scheduled for 1971. Among the questions and answers:

Q. Our side has been making concessions—stopping the bombing, redeploying troops, offering to let the Communists participate legally in political affairs in South Viet Nam. Do you think this has led to any progress in Paris?


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