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Terry Leon Panetta making history by visiting Vietnam he's the first Defense Secretary to -- to go there since the wars and -- now he says it Vietnam is.
Opening up three previously restricted sites for the US to search for troops missing from the war.
A sign that relations between the two countries.
Maybe warming up national security -- Jennifer Griffin is traveling with the secretary and has details from Hanoi.
Jennifer there was an unusual exchange -- the ministry of defense wasn't there.
That's right Heather and fact.
It was very interesting as Leon Panetta arrived at what is the essentially the Vietnamese pentagon it's called -- 2000 there -- warm smiles.
From the minister of defense who met.
Him there -- but if he had any question about how controlled.
Vietnam still is there with the questions were very controlled they were asked that the press conference.
And there was even -- height requirement we're told for the soldiers who marched in the parade as that met Panetta.
The exchange that you referred to that was unusual.
Was -- it it for the first time it is since the end of the war there was an exchange of war artifacts and the Vietnamese gave.
Secretary Panetta some letters that had been taken off of the body of a sergeant to sergeant Steve clarity of Columbia, South Carolina who have been killed in combat he was with the a 101.
Those letters had been taken by the north Vietnamese been used for propaganda purposes.
We now have seen those letters they were written to presumably his wife or girlfriend.
A woman by the name of Betty.
They described that the horrors of the war and difficulties -- described the use of napalm again those had been used for propaganda -- purposes now they will be returned to the clarity.
That Panetta on his on the the other hand presented a diary of a north Vietnamese soldier that had been stolen by.
A US marine back in 1969.
So it was a very warm interesting breakthrough in terms of relations today at the minister of defense and out of defense that -- they've also offered a pretty more sites for exploration is that -- That's right is very interesting they -- minister of defense announced that they would allow.
The US military access to three new sites where the US military believes that there are.
Missing the remain.
Aimed at some of missing from the war there are still 1280.
-- can US service members who are missing in Vietnam and there at the US military is not have access to since they've been searching for those missing.
All the way back to 1975.
Today the minister of defense in -- effort added olive branch to us secretary connect offered to open three sites that the US.
They have eyewitnesses who can show them where some of the missing remains are from the war are right thank you very much Jennifer Griffin reporting live for us from.
Half -- wrap around.
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