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

IV. October 17-October 29, 1952: the Korean debat at the seventh session of the UN general assembly,   pp. 558-720 PDF (62.5 MB)


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KOREAN DEBATE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
da campaign against his Government and against the United Nations
effort in support of it. He hoped that when the matter came before the
Political Committee the Korean Observers at the United Nations would
have an opportunity to defend themselves and to explain the back-
ground of the political developments during the period of crisis, since
he believed that much misinformation concerning this matter existed in
the minds of many of the Members of the United Nations. He sought
our assistance in enabling them to do so.
   I replied that unfortunately I had not personally had an opportunity
to read the report of UNCURK but that I could assure Dr. Pyun of
our appreciation of the Korean desire to present their point of view on
this matter and that I would instruct the appropriate officers of the
United States Delegation to keep in close touch with the Korean group
in matters of mutual concern, of which this would be one.
   The Korean Ambassador then remarked that his Government, not
having a seat of its own in the United Nations, would look to the
United States to provide support for its interests in the General Assem-
bly, and to this end would make every effort to cooperate and work
closely with the United States Delegation. I again assured the Ambassa-
dor that it was our firm intention to work as closely as possible with
the Korean group.
Korean Membership in the United Nations
   Dr. Pyun then referred to the fact that Korea's application for mem-
bership in the United Nations was, for the present, in abeyance and re-
marked that it would be most helpful to the morale of his Government
and of the Korean people if the United States would again put forward
the application of the Republic of Korea for admission. He recalled that
in a recent "package proposal" for the admission of a certain bloc
of
States, Korea had been omitted and that his Government had been dis-
turbed by this.3 I replied that unfortunately under the present circum-
stances it would be entirely impossible for Korea to gain such member-
ship in view of the absolute veto.power of the Soviet Union in the Se-
curity Council, and pointed out, furthermore, that it was not the United
States which had sponsored the "package proposal." I added that
while
no useful purpose would be served in our again putting forward the
Korean application under present circumstances it was, nevertheless,
the desire of the United States to see the Republic of Korea become a
full-fledged Member of the United Nations, and that this would remain
our policy. The Foreign Minister then expressed the hope that the
North Koreans and the Chinese Communists would not be permitted to
come to New York and be heard by the General Assembly.
  . For documentation on the admission of new members into the United Nations,
see
vol. in, pp. 802 ff.
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