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| Bangkok, Thailand
US envoy goes to Hanoi to discuss 2,500 MIAs
Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Armitage left Saturday for Hanoi to discuss the status of missing American servicemen. He is the highest-ranking US defense official to visit Hanoi since the Vietnam War.
The visit is a result of hints by Indochinese countries that they might step up efforts to account for about 2,500 Americans listed as missing in action (MIA) since the war.
Bob Shields, a Defense Department spokesman in Washington, would not give details of the visit.
The four-member group also includes Ann Mills Griffiths, outspoken executive secretary of the private American League of Families.