Two of the conditions agreed upon to bring an end to the Vietnam War were:
American troops would leave within one year.
Democratic elections would be held in South Vietnam.
American POWs in North Vietnam would be freed.
The U.S would stop supplying aid to South Vietnam.
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The agreement represented a victory for the North Vietnamese but also it seemed to provide an honorable way out for the Americans. Nixon quickly approved the terms. On October 22, however, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu stopped the process in its tracks. Especially infuriating to him was the cease-fire in place. It left thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers in South Vietnam (estimates ranged from 140,000 to 300,000) well-positioned to continue the war when the Americans departed. To gain Thieu's support, the Americans reopened negotiations with the North Vietnamese based on his objections. This so offended the North Vietnamese that they, too, insisted on renegotiating several settled issues. By mid-December the talks had collapsed.