UNCURK in Seoul

The whitewings of Seoul (old women with brushwood brooms) swept the capital's main streets early one morning last week. Later, the tong-yang (block leaders) hustled out 100,000 residents to shout mansei and wave proper flags in welcome for UNCURK, the United Nations Commission on Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea.

On unification the U.N., in fact, did not see eye to eye with Korea's President Syngman Rhee. And Koreans differed angrily among themselves. Despite a U.N. order that Korea above the 38th parallel did not come under the Rhee government, Seoul still claimed jurisdiction, demanded elections north of the parallel.

Korea's legislators...

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