NEGOTIATIONS: Another Pause in the Pursuit of Peace

IF peace was at last at hand, the grip was still proving slippery. The Oct. 31 "deadline" that Hanoi had set for the signing of the nine-point agreement came and went, the French government quietly put away the champagne that it had taken care to have chilled and ready at the old Majestic Hotel, and the war of words resumed. Instead of toasts, tensions rose on all three corners of the delicately balanced Viet Nam triangle.

In Washington, Henry Kissinger waited for word that Hanoi's Le Duc Tho would join him in Paris...

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