740.00119 Control (Korea)/11–1445: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

11925. During course of general conversation with Sterndale Bennett37 this morning question of future status of Korea came up. He stated that British have completely open mind on this problem and are willing to agree to anything which will really meet dual need of securing an adequate govt for Korea and preventing Korea from becoming a center of international rivalry and friction.

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With respect to American desire for a four-power international trusteeship of Korea, Sterndale Bennett said only question in British mind is will it work? If it can be shown that there is reasonable chance of a four-power trusteeship working out in practice British would apparently be willing to go along. Sterndale Bennett said it had occurred to them that better solution might be to have an independent Korean Govt set up and supplied with foreign advisers who would have, in fact, actual power of govt. Presumably they would serve under a supreme adviser who would be responsible to United Nations Organization or some other appropriate international body.

However, Sterndale Bennett expressed opinion there could be no final solution of Korean or any other Far Eastern problem until extent of Soviet participation in Far Eastern matters had been clarified. He feels any attempt to negotiate with Russia over Korea, for example, will be useless until a solution is reached with regard to Russian participation in Far Eastern Advisory Commission. In meantime he fears Russians will act in Manchuria and Korea to consolidate their position politically and economically in way which cannot help but have permanent effect on future of those two areas.

Winant
  1. J. C. Sterndale Bennett, Head of the Far Eastern Department of the British Foreign Office.