At Panmunjom last week, the frozen furrows of the millet field around the truce talks tent softened to the first thaw of the new year. The cold features of North Korea's General Nam II were also a degree or two warmer. For the first time since the resumption of the truce talks last fall, the Communist negotiator brought along with him, in his shiny black Chrysler, a proposition that seemed to offer an acceptable formula on an important issue.

The question before the tent was what the military commanders of both sides should recommend to their governments for joint discussion,...

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