TRUCE TALKS: Agreement

TRUCE TALKS Agreement This week, seemingly beyond reasonable doubt, a Korean armistice was imminent. The U.S. had outlasted South Korea's Syngman Rhee in the battle of wills. And the Communists appeared so tremulous for a truce that their anxiety stood out on them almost visibly—like drops of sweat.

Dwight Eisenhower's troubleshooting Assistant Secretary of State Walter Robertson published a joint statement with Rhee. in which the substance of agreement was hidden under an amiable flow of words. Apparently this was done to save Rhee's face, i.e., to screen the manifest fact that he had been backed down. Excerpts: "Our two governments...

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