795.00/6–2750: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

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1749. I have tried five times since 11 o’clock today to get appointment with Gromyko (Vyshinski was stated out of town), and on last two asked to be received by official other than Gromyko. On third trial query was posed what for and reply was “important and urgent message from US government”. On fourth try suggested officer protocol receive message and at 5 p. m., Postoev said he was available.

Accordingly, I sent Freers1 to read substance text Deptel 538, June 25 (as modified by Deptel 540, June 26), and to leave copy thereof. Freers instructed state American Ambassador regretted Foreign Minister unable receive him upon important matter and that American Ambassador was ready to receive Soviet Government reply as to assurances, et cetera, at any hour day or night.

Freers saw Postoev (Protocol Section) at 5:10 p. m. handed him memo giving substance message and expressed my availability to receive Soviet reply.2

  1. Edward L. Freers, First Secretary at the American Embassy in Moscow.
  2. At 4 p. m. on June 27, the White House authorized release of the information that the United States had communicated with the Soviet Government to request it to use its influence to effect a withdrawal of the North Korean forces (Korean Conflict); the text of the announcement by the Department of State is contained in the Department of State Bulletin, July 3, 1950, p. 5. The text of the note from the American Ambassador in Moscow to the Soviet Foreign Minister is printed in United States Policy in the Korean Crisis, p. 63