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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1952-1954. Korea (in two parts)
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III. July 16-October 8, 1952: deadlock acknowledged, recess at Panmunjom,   pp. 409-557 PDF (57.5 MB)


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          III. JULY 16-OCTOBER 8, 1952: DEADLOCK
        ACKNOWLEDGED, RECESS AT PANMUNJOM
CONSIDERATION OF RETURN OF REPATRIATE POWS AND RELEGATION OF
  ISSUE OF NON-REPATRIATES TO A POSTARMISTICE CONFERENCE; DE-
  PARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND CINCUNC OPPOSITION; TRUMAN'S DECI-
  SION; UNC FINAL OFFER; REJECTION AND RECESS AT PANMUNJOM
State-JCS Meetings, lot 61 D 417
Memorandum of the Substance of Discussion at a Department of State-
                    Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting 1
                               [Extract]
TOP SECRET                      WASHINGTON, July 16, 1952-11 a. m.
Korea
  General Bradley: A few days ago the President asked me When I Was
over at the White House whether I had any ideas as to a new proposal
which we might make to the Communists and which might offer a.way
out of the deadlock. I told him about the following idea which we have
kicked around some here in the JCS. We might tell the Communists
that the Chinese Communist prisoners are all theirs and that they can
come and get them. We would of course tell them that they could not
use force. In that way, we would avoid a violation of our principle.
The President thought that the idea had some merit, and he asked me
to send him a paper on it. The Staff prepared a paper 2 which was sent
over to him in my absence. Apparently the President thinks the idea
has some propaganda value. When he gets well I am sure that he will
want to discuss it with Secretary Acheson.
  Mr. Matthews: Will this appeal to the Chinese Communists? Per-
sonally, my first reaction is that it can't do us any harm. I do have
doubts, however, about the timing. I don't think it would be wise to
make such a proposal at this time while the discussions are going for-
ward on the present basis.
  General Bradley: I agree that the timing would not be good right
now. This is something we might do later if we run into a deadlock.
  1A note on the title page read: "State Draft. Not cleared with any
of participants."
  Chairman of the JCS General Bradley, and Vice Chiefs Generals Hull and
Twining
and Admiral Duncan attended for the JCS; Matthews headed the Department of
State
contingent. Gleason represented the NSC. In all, 23 persons were present.
In addition to
Korea, the following topics were discussed at this meeting: Southeast Asia,
the Middle
East Command, Trieste, and Japan.
  2 Not printed.
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