WASHINGTON (AP) — William H. Sullivan, a diplomat who oversaw the "secret war" in Laos, aided in negotiations to end U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and was the last American ambassador to Iran, has died.
His family said Sullivan, 90, died this month at an assisted-living facility in Washington.
The Navy veteran of World War II served in diplomatic posts in many high-profile spots, including Laos, Iran and the Philippines.
As ambassador to Laos, Sullivan controlled a secret U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnamese troops moving through Laotian territory along the Ho Chi Minh trail.
Sullivan played an important role in opening discussions with the North Vietnamese that led to the Paris peace talks. He was named ambassador to Iran in 1977.