The Nation: The Talks: A Viet Cong View

AS the showdown negotiations between the U.S. and the North Vietnamese resumed last week, TIME Chief of Correspondents Murray Gart and European Correspondent William Rademaekers were ushered into the suburban Paris headquarters of Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh, the intense, austerely handsome head of the Viet Cong delegation to the peace talks and Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government. Speaking slowly and deliberately, Madame Binh, 45, set out her authoritative views of the approaching peace settlement in a rare and lengthy 90-minute interview. Among her most interesting comments:

WHY A SETTLEMENT NOW. Eighteen...

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