Editorial Note

At his news conference on September 21, Mr. Truman was asked the following question: “Mr. President, have you decided what our troops will do when they reach the 38th parallel in Korea? President Truman responded as follows: “No, I have not. That is a matter for the [Page 748]United Nations to decide. That is a United Nations force, and we are one of the many who are interested in that situation. It will be worked out by the United Nations and I will abide by the decision that the United Nations makes.” (Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1950, page 644)