Records of the State–War–Navy Coordinating Committee, Lot 52–M45, 091 Korea: Telegram

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to the Joint Chiefs of Staff


CA 57173. General Hodge has made the following reply to your WX 93660:25

“By ‘great pressure’ as used in my Tfgcg 205,26 I meant that ever since arrival US Forces in Korea all Korean groups at one time or another have complained that Korea has never been consulted concerning [Page 615] its future. This has been said regarding Cairo declaration27 and other international decisions as well as division of country into two zones and the conduct of military government. It is now being said about the recent Moscow conference and the current conversations between US and Soviet Army representatives. Each group of course feels that it should be the representative.

“The Moscow communiqué, with its promise of Korean participation in political matters, together with the furor over trusteeship and the present military negotiations, have altered the picture since my Tfgcg 205, and for time being shall not try to choose Korean individuals to send to London as suggested by State Department. At a later date such a move may be advantageous, so the suggestion will be borne in mind.[”]

  1. January 18; see footnote 6, p. 606.
  2. See quotation in telegram CA 56514, December 30, 1945, p. 605.
  3. For text of declaration by President Roosevelt, Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, and Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, issued on December 1, 1943, see Foreign Relations, The Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 448.