The White House orders a suspension of bombing above the 20th parallel as a sign of U.S. approval of current North Vietnamese concessions at the trick peace talks in Paris.
According to Nixon administration officials, the main obstacle to a cease-fire was in Saigon. South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu broadcast a denunciation of the cease-fire treaty, calling all peace proposals discussed by Kissinger and Hanoi in Paris unacceptable, and urged his troops to get rid of Communist presence in the South “quickly and mercilessly.”
Thieu feared the peace treaty because it didn’t address the 160,000 North Vietnamese troops that were presently in South Vietnam. Ultimately, the accords will be signed by him, but only immediately after repeated promises by President Nixon he would arrived at assistance from South Vietnam if the North Vietnamese violated the terms of the agreement. However, the Watergate scandal erupted and Nixon was forced to resign. His successor cannot make good Nixon’s promises and the South Vietnamese government fell in 1975.