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263. Editorial Note

At a press conference on November 17, 1961, Secretary Rusk made an introductory statement about several issues, including Vietnam. He said that the accelerated North Vietnamese campaign to overthrow the South Vietnamese Government was “a threat to the peace” and was “of major and serious concern not only to the people of Viet-Nam and their immediate neighbors but also to all other free nations.” The Secretary noted that there had also been “an acceleration [Page 639]of deliveries under our mutual defense assistance program” to South Viet-Nam and that some changes could be expected “in the nature of our training under the military advisory and training program .…” For the complete text of the Secretary’s statement, as well as his replies to questions asked about Vietnam, see Department of State Bulletin, December 4, 1961, pages 918-922.