501.BB Korea/8–1848: Telegram

The Chargé in Australia ( Nielsen ) to the Secretary of State

confidential

200. In note dated August 16 External Affairs comments as follows on statement concerning new Korean Government released by Department (reDeptel 182, August 101):

“Department notes that it is proposed appoint Honorable J. J. Muccio with personal rank Ambassador to negotiate with new government set-up in Korea. Department regards this action of US as one for itself alone and not concerned with activities of UNTCOK as this commission was set up to deal only with a national government if it were possible for one to be elected.

Department is of opinion that in view circumstances that have arisen in Korea, sole remaining function UNTCOK is to report to GA shortly to meet Paris. Until such time any further action by Australian Government in relation to government of South Korea will be deferred.”

Just returned from meeting working committee SPC Sydney and have had no opportunity obtain expansion of above, but communication makes it clear Australia will not support US position.

Nielsen
  1. See footnote 2, p. 1270.