396.1–GE/3–154: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Embassy in Korea


710. Your 843.1 Not clear your 843 whether you extended specific invitation consult in Washington contained Deptel 7022 or whether you desisted in view Pyun’s reply after general reminder from you of need begin preparatory work soon.

If no specific invitation extended to send representatives consult in Washington believe you should do so soonest. Despite current ROK attitude re Korean Political Conference Department believes advisable extend this invitation well before consultations with other allies and conference opening so no possible misrepresentation our clear desire and intention consult early and first with ROK. If invitation already extended concur we should not press them further for time being.

Secretary desires conference be referred to as “Korean Political Conference” not as “Geneva Conference”.3

  1. Dated Mar. 1, p. 25.
  2. Dated Feb. 27; for text, see footnote 1 to telegram 843, p. 26.
  3. In circular telegram 328, Mar. 24, the Department informed all diplomatic posts that in view of the popular usage of the title “Geneva Conference” the use of “Korean Political Conference” was being abandoned (396.1–GE/3–2454).