FOREIGN RELATIONS: Mission to Peking

At 5 a.m. one day last week, the telephone awakened Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General of the United Nations. An aide told him that the Chinese Communists would welcome him to their capital. Delighted, Hammarskjold got ready for a journey on which he will seek the release of 15 Americans captured during the Korean war.

The U.N. Assembly, by a vote of 47 to 5, had denounced the Reds for holding prisoners in violation of the Korean truce agreement. Immediately, Hammarskjold shot off a cable seeking an audience in Peking "soon after Dec. 26th" with...

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