396.1 GE/5–1554: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the Republic of China1


888. For Secretary Wilson from the Secretary. Re Tokyo’s 2808 repeated Geneva Tosec 170, Seoul 925.2 Appreciate your valuable suggestion. Have transmitted it Geneva for information US delegation there.

So far as Korea is concerned our present problem is to secure some statement basic principles upon which ROK, US and rest of allied delegations can all agree. There seems little likelihood achieving any political settlement disturbing present status quo on any basis which would be acceptable to us and prevent communist domination all Korea. Nevertheless it may be useful at some point incorporate provision of nature your suggestion in order demonstrate more clearly to world opinion our effort achieve settlement.

  1. Repeated for information to Geneva as telegram Tosec 220, to Seoul as telegram 935, and to Tokyo as telegram 2576. The file copy indicates that this message was drafted by McClurkin and approved for transmission by Drumright who signed for Dulles.
  2. Dated May 15, not printed. In it, Secretary Wilson suggested inclusion in any proposal for unification of Korea of a provision for personal amnesty for all individuals; he indicated that Ambassador Allison agreed with him. (396.1 GE/5–1554)