THE NATION: The Price of Peace

Just 22 hours before the anniversary of the day on which the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Jacob Malik faced a microphone on the U.N.'s Price of Peace program. His text clanked along on familiar Communist lines until, at the end of the broadcast, came the words that caused the world to prick up its ears: Russia was proposing a Korea armistice. Did it mean that the Communists had had enough?

Washington read the speech backwards and forwards. So did London, Paris and Tokyo. The proposal was highly...

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