795.00/10–3050: Telegram

The Chargé in Korea (Drumright) to the Secretary of State


314. Deptel 234 October 23. Rhee today issued statement along lines set forth Embtel 284,1 text of which went forward in Embtel 311.2 That text is best obtainable from Rhee. On whole we think it satisfactory and responsive UN position. Task now will be to get Rhee to live up to terms of statement.

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In recent conversations, Rhee has been more conciliatory re North Korean problems. If we can assure him, Communists will not be utilized in North Korean Interim Administration and if a satisfactory arrangement can be made to utilize Koreans South of parallel, including North Korean refugees, in setting up Interim Administration in North, Embassy feels Rhee’s principal points of opposition will have been surmounted.

Repeated CINCFE for info.

  1. Received at 11:49 p. m. on October 21, p. 990.
  2. Supra.