TOKYO, Aug. 8, 1964 (UPI) - President Ho Chi Minh of Communist North Viet-Nam told United Press International today his Red followers are determined to "fight...until victory over the aggressors." He made the statement in a 145-word cable to United Press International in Tokyo from Hanoi, the North Viet-Namese capital.
UPI cabled the 74-year-old North Viet-Namese leader Wednesday asking for his reaction to American retaliatory strikes against North Viet-Namese naval bases in the Gulf of Tonkin.
"I wish to tell public opinion in the United States and throughout the world of the indignation and wrath of our entire people at the U.S. Government's deliberate acts of aggression against the Democratic Republic of (North) Viet-Nam," Ho's message said.
"I also wish to voice the firm resolve of our entire people to fight with redoubled force until victory over the aggressors.
"We are strong in the justness of our cause, the unity and courage of our people, and the support of peace loving peoples all over the world including the American people.
"At a time when the U.S. Government is carrying the war to our soil, I earnestly call on the American people and peoples all over the world to unite their efforts with a view to stopping this criminal aggression and safeguarding peace."
Meanwhile, it was becoming clear that the Communists will charge that the attack by Viet-Namese torpedo boats on the American destroyers Maddox and C. Turner Joy was invented by the United States as a pretext for drastic action.
North Viet-Namese Foreign Minister Xuan Thuy made that charge in a note sent yesterday to the 14 nations which took part in the 1954 Geneva conference on Indo-China.
In Moscow Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has called American actions against North Viet-Nam "direct aggression" and warned that they "can entail dangerous consequences."
Gromyko made the statements in a telegram sent to Xuan Thuy yesterday. The telegram, a reply to one received Wednesday, was published by the Communist press today.
Although Russia has been condemning the retaliatory American air strikes against North Viet-Namese torpedo boat bases, it so far has not made any concrete public offers of military assistance to the Southeast Asian Communists. Gromyko's message followed the same line.