Irked by mounting criticism of its wait-until-the-dust-settles attitude in Asia, the U.S. State Department last month sent Ambassador-at-Large Philip C. Jessup to the Far East in the hope that he might pick up some ideas for a positive policy—or at least a positive statement. Last week in Seoul, Jessup found that the best he could utter was a strong negative. Nettled at Korean criticism of U.S. negativism, Jessup responded by taking the Koreans to task for failing to achieve certain U.S.-sponsored reforms, e.g., the stabilization of Korea's tottering monetary system. Said he: "The problems of the Far East certainly...

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