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FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1967


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Soviet, U.S. Ships
In New Collision
Washington Sends Strong Protest
Over Second Destroyer Scraping

U.S. Expands Military Role

ed States announced yesterday
that for the second day in a row
Soviet destroyer sideswiped the
U.S. destroyer Walker in the Sea
of Japan. Washington delivered
tough worded protests calling on
the Kremlin to promptly "halt
such harassments."
The surprise news of the second
Strain Seen
In Relations
IWith Russia
Associated Press News Analyst
WASHINGTON ()-A second
collision between warships in the
*Par East aded new tensions
Thursday to U.S. Soviet relations
already strained by the war in
U.S. officials said privately the
second such incident in two days
could hardly be considered ac-
4 Immediate blame was placed
here on what appeared to be de-
liberate harassment of a U.S. anti-
submarine force by Soviet destroy-
ers involved in the collisions.
At the Capitol, Sen. Everett M.
Dirksen of Illinois, the Senate
Republican leader, commented
*that the administration must make
clear that this country will take
whatever action is necessary to
protect its property.
And the House Republican lead-
er, Rep Gerald R. Ford of Michi-
gan, said "I'm convinced that the
1eaders in the Soviet Union are
seeking to challenge the United
Two theories are being consider-
ed to explain the meaning of this
taffair and the slight collision
Wednesday which occurred when a
Soviet destroyer overtook the
Walker and scraped it in the
course of observing the antisub-
marine task force on maneuvers.
One theory is that the Soviets
are upset by the fact that the task
force is maneuvering in the Sea
of Japan in the general area of the
key Russian Far Eastern city of
Vladivostok. They could have or-
dered dangerous harassing tactics
to discourage this maneuvering in
future U.S. naval exercises in the
Sea of Japan.
The second theory is that the
Soviets have decided on using such
action as those of the past two'
days to show their disagreement
with the U.S. policy in Vietnam
and, in effect, to step up their
warnings to the United States
about the Vietnamese situation.
Reports have been building up
here for several weeks that U.S.
Soviet relations were in worse con-
*dition than they had been in for '
a long time due to differences over
the Vietnam conflict.
Naval incidents between the,
world's two great nuclear powers
are not new. The Soviets long
complained about the U.S. planes
harassing their ships on the high
%eas by flying too close. The Unit-
ed States has complained about
the behavior of Soviet vessels
sailing threateningly toward or
around American vessels.


naval collision apparently shifted
the matter from the status of ac-
cident to serious incident marking
further worsening of U.S. Soviet
relations already strained over the
Vietnam war.
Although no formal response to
the U.S. protests has yet come
from Moscow, it was understood
that the Soviets here rejected out
of hand the U.S. accusation of de-
liberate harassment.
As of late yesterday, neither
incident had been reported in
Moscow newspapers.
American diplomats wondered
whether Moscow deliberately has
stepped up its naval interference
in retaliation for the expanded
U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
The Pentagon gave out a brief
U.S. version of Thursday's naval
contact while the State Depart-
ment hurriedly called in the top
Soviet here to deliver what it
termed a secondsevere complaint.
The Pentagon reported:
At 1:33 a.m. Washington time
the Walker and a Soviet Krupnyi
class destroyer "brushed together
about 300 nautical miles 345 statue
miles west southwest of Hokkaido
Island, Japan."
"There were no apparent casu-
alties and only light damage was
reported. The incident occurred
when the Soviet destroyer turned
into the Walker despite the latter's
A Pentagon spokesman said the
American destroyer gave six short
blasts on its horn as a danger
signal before the collision.
A state department spokesman
said the U.S. vessel signaled:
"Don't cross my bow!"
Sources here said visibility was
not a factor. The incident oc-
curred in daylight hours and, al-
though there was some haze, visi-
bility was not appreciably re-

-Associated Press
BRITISH AMBASSADOR to the European Economic Community, Sir James Marjoribanks, right,
presents his country's formal application to join the Common Market to Renaat Van Ilsiande of
Belgium, chairman of the EEC's Council of Ministers, in Brussels yesterday. It is Britain's second
attempt to join the Common Market.
Common Mark et o Concl
Kennedy Round Tariff Talks

In Viet PF
SAIGON (A")-The switch in
American pacification efforts to;
more military control left little.
doubt among officers here yester-;
day that U.S. troop- strength in
Vietnam will have to be vastly3
expanded if the war is to be prose-
cuted successfully.
Some Saigon estimates of re-
quirements ranged up to 700,0001
GIs even before U.S. Ambassador1
Ellsworth Bunker announced the3
transfer from civilian hands of the
American phase of the allied pro-
gram to win the hearts and minds
of Vietnamese villagers.
Actual operation of the revolu-
tionary development teams pri-
marily assigned to bring this about_
is in the hands of the Saigon gov-
ernment, with American assist-
ance in aid materials.
Saigon's Responsibility j
Up to now protection of these
teams has been primarily the re-
sponsibility of Saigon's own armed1
forces, although more than 15,000
U.S. troops have been involved to
some degree in American pacifica-
tion work headed up by the U.S.
mission's Office of Civil Opera-
Some American military units
have had their own pacification
It was not made clear how ex-
tensively Americans would replace
or reinforce government regulars
and militiaman assigned to guard
the pacification teams.
'Tragic Error'
Gov. George Romney, comment-
ing in Lansing, Mich., said he be-
lieves the United States may be
on the brink of a "tragic error of
getting too deeply involved in the
nonmilitary side of the war."
The governor, frequently men-
tioned as a possible Republican

cification Effort

candidate for president, said the
shooting war already has been
Americanized despite earlier as-
surances by U.S. military person-
nel that their role was only to
give advice and some support to
troops of South Vietnam's govern-
South Vietnam's 20,000 pacifica-
tion workers operate in 59 man
teams. Sometimes the security has
been lax. The Viet Cong have
killed more than 220 of the work-
ers this year.
The aim of the pacification pro-
gram, sponsored jointly by South
Vietnam and the United States, is
to supplant Viet Cong influence.
and win over peasants in fringe
areas of the country side.
Bolster Security
In announcing the transfer of
control of the American operations
from civil to military hands Bun-
ker said this step was taken to
bolster security for the revolu-
tionary. development teams and
because the greater part of Amer-
ican advisory and logistic assets
in South Vietnam belong to the

Some sources said disruption
was risked in the change, with
various key civilians taking it
hard. One well placed source said
resignations, refusal to extend
tours and recruiting problems were
almost certain to develop.
Bunker said the present Office
of Civilian Operations and the
U.S. Agency for International De-
velopment will be preserved in
Vietnam and that only the pacifi-
cation ,program is affected. The
main thrust of both, however, has
been toward the pacification pro-
The new setup puts an Office
of Civilian Operations adviser in
each of South Vietnam's four
corps areas under the senior mili-
tary adviser so far as pacification
Thus the ultimate decision on
priorities and practice apparently
now pass to the corps' senior
American military man. He will
have to deal with such things as
fertilizer, pesticides, education,
health and propaganda as well as
his regular war duties.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (W) - The
European Common Market Coun-
cil completed yesterday its stand
for the final phase of the Kennedy
Round of talks on lowering cus-
toms duties and eliminating other
barriers to world trade.
Prospects for success looked
good. The positions of the United
States and the Common Market,
the two main adversaries, were not
far apart.
This was also the day on which
Renaat Van Elslande, the council
chairman, received the formal ap-
plications of Britain and Ireland
to join the organization. It was
Britain's second try. The first was
vetoed by President Charles de
Gaule of France in January 1963.

World News Roundup

Prospects for success now are
Jean Rey, the chief Common-
Market negotiator, was returning
to Geneva to resume the Kennedy
Round negotiations, in which 53
nations are taking part. Sunday
has been set as the deadline. This
is to give enough time for detailed
agreements to be prepared before
President Johnson's authority to
cut American tariffs in half ex-
pires on June 30.
Rey, a 65-year-old Belgian, is
the outstanding candidate to head
a combined executive for the three
Common Market organizations:
the European Economic Commun-
ity and the European Coal and
Steel Community. An attempt is
being made to get this fusion by
All three organizations have the
same membership: France, West
Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland
and Luxembourg. Acceptance of
Britain would also bring in Ire-
land, Denmark and probably Nor-
Yesterday brought the end of a
two day meeting of the Common
Market Council, which includes a
,foreign minister or his repre-
sentative from each member coun-
The meetings were secret, but
information leakingrfrom behind
the closed doors of the meeting
indicated these positions on the
major issues:
* GRAIN-Support for the U.S.
plan to raise the world minimum
wheat price. Agreement with the
United States that there is no
further use in trying to develop a
system that would guarantee fixed
amounts of imports and determine
farm price supports by interna-
tional treaty.
" CHEMICALS-Insistence on
an effort by President Johnson
to have Congress repeal the
"American Selling Price" (ASP)
system. This is the rule under

which American tariffs on many
dyes, drugs and other chemicals
are figured on American prices
rather than on foreign exporters'
If the United States and the
Comon Market can agree, it seem-
ed likely the other .46 nations will
fall into line. But the Common
Market still has major tariff deals
to make in the Kennedy Round
ramework with Britain, Switzer-
land and the Scandinavian coun-

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By The Associated Press
U.N. Secretary General U Thant
expressed the view yesterday that
a direct confrontation between the
United States and Communist
China is inevitable if the Vietnam
war continues its present trend.
The United States quickly disputed
his view.
Thant told a luncheon given to
him by the U.N. Correspondents
Association that he feared "we are
witnessing today the initial phases
of World War III."
U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Gold-
berg, in a statement issued short-
ly after Thant's remarks, declared,
"We do not share his current as-
sessment of the situation in Viet-
nam." Goldberg's statement was
prepared in consultation with of-
ficials in Washington.
OTTAWA-Prime Minister Les-
ter B. Pearson repeated in the
House of Commons yesterday de-

nials that any Canadian members
of tht International Control Com-
mission in Vietnam have acted as
spies for the United States.
But Conservative Leader John
D. Diefenbaker insisted Pearson
was sidestepping a direct answer
to the question of whether Cana-
dian members of the commission
suplied copies of their reports to
the United States.
* ,**
ROME-The Italian ambassador
to the United States, Sergio Fe-
noaltea, has resigned his post in
disagreement with the position of
Foreign Minister Amintore Fan-
fani on Vietnam, it was announced
here yesterday.
Fenoaltea offered his resignation
April 29 two days after a state-
ment made in Parliament by Fan-
fani who called for suspension of
U.S. bombing of North Vietnam
to clear the way for peace nego-
tiations with Hanoi.




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