195. Letter From the Secretary of State to the Secretary of Defense (Wilson)1

Dear Charlie: I think I mentioned to you that when we were in Paris2 Selwyn Lloyd told me that economic conditions in the United Kingdom were such that they had practically made up their mind to take the U.K. troops out of Korea. I asked him to delay any decision.

If you or the Joint Chiefs have any arguments which you think would be persuasive, I suggest that you let me have them promptly. However, I feel that basically their decision has been taken, although no timing has as yet been set.

Sincerely yours,

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 795.00/1–1057. Secret.
  2. Dulles was in Paris for the Ministerial Meeting of the North Atlantic Council, December 11–14, 1956.