"I received Ho Chi Minh?s reply on August 30, three days before his death. It simply reiterated the public position North Vietnam had taken at Paris and flatly rejected my initiative."
Here's the thing: Richard Nixon went behind America's back to write this letter, then he was angry that Ho Chi Minh followed the rules of his country and gave the agreed-upon answer. Nixon was secretive and went against what he publicly said, Ho Chi Minh was open and followed the rules. Who was in the wrong?