A tentative ceasefire agreement was reached in October 1972. The agreement called for the simultaneous withdrawal of American troops and the freedom of American prisoners of war, followed by a political solution for the future of South Vietnam. Washington would expand economic aid after the war to help Vietnam rebuild its destroyed infrastructure. On October 22, Nixon suspended all bombing north of the 20th Parallel, and four days later Kissinger announced that “peace is within reach.” No moment of peace has ever come to Vietnam. After the return of American prisoners of war, the Paris Agreements from north or south Vietnam were inconsistent. U.S. troops left Vietnam sixty days after the signing of the Paris Agreement, but the level of violence had not decreased significantly. Watergate was on the verge of destroying the Nixon presidency, and a new anti-war congress had little interest in continued economic support from the South. Faced with the funding of an additional $722 million to prevent the collapse of South Vietnam, Congress refused to act. For many Americans, the last image of Vietnam was that of Ambassador Graham Martin, who carried an American flag folded during the final evacuation. This bitter consequence led the Americans to seek explanations of what had gone wrong and who was responsible for the failure. In the hours and days leading up to their release, the prisoners imagined their future lives.

Alvarez dreamed of a “return to a normal life” where “we would make our own decisions and set our own agendas.” Waiting for daily activities — getting in a car and off a highway or riding in a haystack — filled it with “sparkling anticipation.” I would get up whenever I wanted, make my own selection of clothes, eat whatever I wanted, and go wherever I wanted. When Thiu, who had not even been informed of the secret negotiations, presented the draft new agreement, he was furious with Kissinger and Nixon (perfectly aware of South Vietnam`s negotiating position) and refused to accept them without substantial changes. He then gave several public radio speeches, saying that the proposed agreement was worse than it actually was. Hanoi was stunned because he believed he had been deceived by Kissinger in a propaganda tour. On 26 October, Radio Hanoi provided important details on the draft agreement. At the time of the peace agreement, the United States agreed to replace the equipment in succession. But the United States has not given its word. Is the word of an American reliable these days? The United States has not kept its promise to help us fight for freedom, and in the same struggle the United States has lost 50,000 of its young men. [20] The Paris Peace Agreement, officially titled “Agreement for the End of War and peace in Vietnam ở) is a peace treaty signed on January 27, 1973 to make peace in Vietnam and end the Vietnam War.