KOREA: Rhee Retreats

Ever since the Korean armistice was signed, Syngman Rhee had been threatening to upset it. Time and again, Korea's stubborn and tough-minded president blustered that he would send his army northward in January, whether or not a peace conference was under way. In conversation with U.S. envoys, he haggled over aid to his country's economy, demanded an artificially high exchange rate, denounced as dictatorial the U.S.'s insistence that it be allowed to oversee the spending of U.S. relief money in Korea. Last week, on two counts, Syngman Rhee switched his line.

Dapper in a blue serge suit, Rhee faced forty-odd...

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