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The Ambassador in Korea (Muccio) to the Secretary of State

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193. ReDeptel 125, September 15.1 Defense Minister Sihn Sung Mo made following statement upon Embassy inquiry: “Allegation appearing London Daily Worker on August 9, which has just reached attention of Korean Government, to the effect that several thousand ‘political prisoners’ were massacred by Korean police near Taejon early in July is an unequivocal falsehood. No civil prisoners have been executed in Korea excepting in accordance with due process of law, after trial and that action and sentence by courts of law under legal codes. No prisoners of war have been executed, but instead they have been well-treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention and generally accepted civilized standards.”

Muccio
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