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August 03, 1953

CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM, BEFORE AGREEING TO THE ARMISTICE AGREEMENT

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    When the United States agreed to a truce talk to end the Korea War, President Syngman Rhee disapproved. He opposed the truce and tried to attack these peace proceedings through a serious of events- such as releasing thousands of prisoners of war and creating turmoil for the US government. In order to persuade Rhee to accept the armistice defense, the U.S dispatches Assistant Secretary of State Walter Robertson to meet with the South Korean president in a series of bargaining discussions. Eventually, under certain conditions and a mutual defense pact with the U.S. Rhee agrees to the armistice.
    "Confidential Memorandum, Before Agreeing to the Armistice Agreement ," August 03, 1953, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, B-380-013, Papers Related to the Korean American Mutual Defense Treaty, Papers Related to Treaty-Making and International Conferences, Syngman Rhee Institute, Yonsei University http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/119405
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