740.00119 Control (Korea)/1–1246: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Political Adviser in Korea ( Benninghoff )

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Urtel Tfygc 220 Jan 8.15

4. In negotiations at Moscow, attention of Soviet Govt was called to problems raised in Dept’s 2278 to Harriman.16 Sole purpose of conference envisaged in paragraph 4 of communiqué is to solve those problems. Dept’s views on those problems incorporated in SWNCC 176/13 transmitted by JCS as directive in War’s 91640 of January 5. Foregoing answers paragraph 1; answers to paragraphs 2 and 3 negative; following answers paragraph 4. Dept is endeavoring arrange with War for assignment Col. Charles Thayer (FSO on military leave) to Korea for period of conference and contemplates sending no additional officers at moment. Dept feels that point 5 primarily political and not immediate concern of present conference. Replies to these and other political problems now under consideration here and will be included in directive to be issued in connection with meetings of Joint Commission. Reference point 6, communiqué reflects Soviet attitude at Moscow conference agreeing to trusteeship for consideration if proposed by Joint Commission and Koreans. British followed attitude adopted by Sterndale Bennett reference Embtel London 11925, Nov. 14.17 Chinese unrepresented at Moscow but probably concur American view.

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