Thanat Khoman

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President John F. Kennedy talks, Oct. 3, 1961 at the White House, Washington with Thailand?s foreign minister, Thanat Khoman, at the end of an hour-long discussion.

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From card catalog: Thanat Khoman, Foreign Minister of Thailand, talks about problems of SE Asia: Communism; conflicts in South Vietnam hindering development; role of the western southeast Asia; support of South Vietnam; references to Thailand. Questions and answers.

Host introduces Khoman. "If you read the news, you think southeast Asia is in flames." A new method of warfare, psychological and political means of fighting. Why has South Vietnam reached this state of affairs, a major center of disturbance?

Joe Newman hosts Q&A: Proposal that special force of the UN be formed to resist forces in South Vietnam? What chances are there for success in southeast Asia? For everybody's sake, there cannot be a failure. Neutralism in Thailand? Regional agency to deal with the problems in southeast Asia? Reaction from China if action occurs in North Vietnam?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70445
Municipal archives id: T588