Under orders from the White House, Ambassador William J. Porter has been talking tough since he took over as chief negotiator at the Paris peace talks six months ago. Last week he threatened not to talk at all. He told the North Vietnamese that the U.S. was suspending this week's discussions. It will also boycott all future sessions unless and until the Communists indicate their willingness to hold "serious discussions" on substantive issues.

Both sides, in fact, have canceled meetings in the past for various reasons, but Porter's threat had an air of finality about it. At a Washington press...

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