Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 295

Memorandum by Robert Cutler, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs1

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Outline of General Smith’s Remarks to the President and Bipartisan Congressional Group, 8:30 a.m.

1. General Smith spoke first of the Korean phase of the Geneva Conference, in which the US was as one of the belligerents a principal. He said that the US had maintained its principal positions:

The authority of the UN.
Good relations with the ROK.
Good relations with the other UN nations participating in Korea.
Demonstration that the failure to reach agreement was the fault of the Soviets.

He expected that the US would report to the UN, and that the existing situation would continue until some further conferences were held.

[Here follows the remainder of the document which dealt with Indochina; for text, see volume XIII.]

  1. The source text is a copy of the memorandum forwarded to Smith at the request of Cutler by Robert Bowie, Director of the Policy Planning Staff.