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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. Korea (in two parts)
(1952-1954)

II. May 1-July 14, 1952: the South Korean political crisis and third party approaches to end the war,   pp. 187-408 PDF (85.4 MB)


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  II. MAY 1-JULY 14, 1952: THE SOUTH KOREAN POLITICAL
    CRISIS AND THIRD PARTY APPROACHES TO END THE
    WAR
 POW   INCIDENTS; THE MEYER MISSION; KOREAN POLITICAL CRISIS;
   INDIAN-CHINESE DISCUSSIONS ON A POW SETTLEMENT AND CONSIDER-
   ATION OF AN APPROACH TO THE USSR; EXECUTIVE SESSIONS AT PAN.
   MUNJOM
 795.00/5-252
 Memorandum of Telephone Conversation, by Barbara Evans of the Office
                        of the Secretary of State
 SECRET                                  [WASHINGTONI May 2, 1952.
 Participants: Mr. Short
               Mr. Acheson
   Mr. Short telephoned the Secretary today and referred to Syngman
 Rhee's letter of March 21 to President Truman 1 and to the Secretary's
 memorandum to the President 2 recommending that there be no reply.
 Mr. Short said that the President thought that the letter should have a
 reply. The President had said he thought Rhee's letter was a very good
 letter and deserved a reply and that the reply should be sent at an early
 date. Mr. Short asked if the Secretary thought there was a possibility of
 a non-committal reply.
   The Secretary said he thought there could be, but the troublesome
 thing was the question Rhee raised of the possibility of a security
 treaty. The Secretary pointed out that we could not enter into this and
 it would be difficult to write a letter which would ignore it or brush it
 off. We could not give him encouragement. The Secretary said that in
 answer to the President's feeling that it would be discourteous not to
 reply, that any letter sent to Rhee would be a reply to the Rhee reply
 to the President's previous letter, and that this might involve a long
 correspondence which would be difficult to shut off.
 Mr. Short then suggested that maybe some sort of message could be
 gotten informally through Muccio to Rhee giving him the President's
greetings and saying that the President was pleased with Rhee's letter.
Mr. Acheson said he thought this was a good suggestion and he would
  For the text of this letter, see p. 114.
  2Supra.
187


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