ACCESSION NUMBER:325424 FILE ID:EPF405 1ATE:02/03/94 TITLE:PERRY SAYS LIFT VIETNAM EMBARGO IF IT HELPS POW-MIA SEARCH (02/03/94) TEXT:*94020305.EPF *EPF405 02/03/94 * PERRY SAYS LIFT VIETNAM EMBARGO IF IT HELPS POW-MIA SEARCH (Excerpts: SecDef-designate confirmation hearing 02/02/94) (480) Washington -- William Perry told the Senate Armed Services Committee February 2 during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Defense, "My views on that (Vietnam trade) embargo are that if we can improve our prospects of advancing a determination of the fate of the POW-MIAs which we still have from the Vietnam War, if we can improve our prospects by lifting the embargo, we should do it." Following is an unofficial transcript of an excerpt concerning Vietnam missing from yesterday's Legi-Slate database: (begin excerpts of unofficial transcript from Legi-Slate) HEARING OF THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE SUBJECT: CONFIRMATION HEARING OF WILLIAM PERRY TO BE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHAIRED BY: SENATOR SAM NUNN (D-GA) ROOM 216, SENATE HART OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON, DC WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1994 SEN. ROBERT C. SMITH (R-NH): Do you share the view of many in the current administration and in the Congress that the Vietnamese embargo should be lifted? PERRY: My views on that embargo are that if we can improve our prospects of advancing a determination of the fate of the POW-MIAs which we still have from that Vietnam War, if we can improve our prospects by lifting the embargo, we should do it. And if we would not improve those prospects, we should not. I have talked to the commanders in the field who are overseeing that operation, have gotten their judgment that we are having -- we've had substantial improvements in the last year in this area and further -- the judgment that we could have further improvement by continuing working cooperatively with the Vietnamese government on this. That's a very difficult call, and I know that's an area, Senator Smith, where you have worked very closely. So that would be my basis for a decision there, Senator Smith. SEN. SMITH: Well, this was played out pretty well on the Senate floor and I don't wish to debate it again. But I know -- I do appreciate the opportunities that I've had to talk with many in your administration on this issue. I feel that I -- even though I may lose, I've had adequate input -- maybe not adequate enough, but I've had input. I just would -- just a final point on that. I would just caution you that there have been two sides to this; one saying all information has been provided, therefore, lift the embargo. The other side says the information has not been fully provided, but if we lift the embargo we'll get it. I'll tell you that all information has not been provided and I think your intelligence community knows that. So it's a risk -- PERRY: I agree with that, Senator. SEN. SMITH: It's lift and hope -- (end excerpts of unofficial transcript from Legi-Slate) NNNN .