9. Memorandum From the SEATO Adviser, Bureau of Far Eastern Affairs (Peters) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)0
- Memorandum to the President on SEATO
Attached is a copy of the memorandum which Mr. Steeves took for the Secretary’s signature last night.
John called this morning. The Secretary has reservations about the action but thinks that the memorandum is an excellent presentation of the problem. He wants to postpone decision on it until he has seen Foreign [Page 22] Minister Thanat at 12:30 today.1 (The Secretary’s appointments on Far East matters are shown on the attached sheet.)2 His strongest reaction, according to John, was that Senator Fulbright will not be amenable. John reports that laughingly the Secretary appended to that observation the comment that the difficulty is that the move is insincere since the basic question of U.S. military action itself has not been decided.
- Source: Department of State, Central Files, 790.5/9–1861. Secret.↩
- Rusk’s discussion with Thanat concerned Chinese representation at the United Nations and Laos. (Memoranda of conversation, September 18, 12:30 p.m.; ibid., Secretary’s Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 65 D 330)↩
- Attached but not printed.↩
- Secret. Drafted by Peters on September 17.↩
- The Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, signed September 2, 1947; for text, see American Foreign Policy: Basic Documents, 1950–1955, pp. 789–795.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩