Preface

John P. Glennon supervised the preparation of this volume and compiled the portion on Korea. Allen H. Kitchens and Neal H. Petersen compiled the section on Indochina.

Fredrick Aandahl, formerly Editor in Chief, exercised general supervision over the initiation and preparation of this volume. William Z. Slany, who became General Editor in 1979, directed the final editing and release. Rita M. Baker and Vicki L. Ettleman of the Publishing Services Division performed the technical editing under the immediate supervision of Margie R. Wilber. Anne K. Pond prepared the index.

I acknowledge the assistance of the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Security Council, and the Central Intelligence Agency, in locating various documents and assisting the process of declassification. I thank those foreign governments that granted permission to publish their documents.

David F. Trask

The Historian, Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs

Principles for the Compilation and Editing of “Foreign Relations”

The principles which guide the compilation and editing of Foreign Relations are stated in Department of State Regulation 2 FAM 1350 of June 15, 1961, a revision of the order approved on March 26, 1925, by Mr. Frank B. Kellogg, then Secretary of State. The text of the regulation, as further amended, is printed below:

1350 Documentary Record of American Diplomacy

1351 Scope of Documentation

The publication Foreign Relations of the United States constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. These volumes include, subject to necessary security considerations, all documents needed to give a comprehensive record of the major foreign policy decisions within the range of the Department of State’s responsibilities, together with appropriate materials concerning the facts which contributed to the formulation of policies. When further material [Page IV]is needed to supplement the documentation in the Department’s files for a proper understanding of the relevant policies of the United States, such papers should be obtained from other Government agencies.

1352 Editorial Preparation

The basic documentary diplomatic record to be printed in Foreign Relations of the United States is edited by the Historical Office, Bureau of Public Affairs of the Department of State. The editing of the record is guided by the principles of historical objectivity. There may be no alteration of the text, no deletions without indicating where in the text the deletion is made, and no omission of facts which were of major importance in reaching a decision. Nothing may be omitted for the purpose of concealing or glossing over what might be regarded by some as a defect of policy. However, certain omissions of documents are permissible for the following reasons:

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To avoid publication of matters which would tend to impede current diplomatic negotiations or other business.
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To condense the record and avoid repetition of needless details.
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To preserve the confidence reposed in the Department by individuals and by foreign governments.
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To avoid giving needless offense to other nationalities or individuals.
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To eliminate personal opinions presented in despatches and not acted upon by the Department. To this consideration there is one qualification—in connection with major decisions it is desirable, where possible, to show the alternative presented to the Department before the decision was made.

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