BANGKOK — Vietnam accused a high-level U.S. delegation Friday of "sheer fabrication" in reporting that Hanoi agreed to allow U.S. experts to accompany Vietnamese officials investigating reports of Americans still alive in Vietnam.
The official Vietnam News Agency quoted Hanoi's Office for Americans Missing in Vietnam as saying the delegation's statements, carried by Western news agencies, were false.
The agency summarized the Western news reports as saying that in the meetings held Tuesday and Wednesday in Hanoi, "The Vietnamese side agreed to let U.S. officials participate in the investigation into reports about Americans allegedly still alive in Vietnam."
"This is sheer fabrication prompted by ill intention," the Vietnamese agency said.
"The Vietnamese side has time and again affirmed that there (are) no more live U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam," it said.