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October 30, 1947

TELEGRAM, V. MOLOTOV TO CDE. STALIN

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    V. Molotov states the importance that the Korean issue should be discussed with the Koreans. He also details that in the case the amendments are approved, the Soviet Union will not take part in the work of the US proposed committee. He also details that in the case the amendments are approved, the Soviet Union will not take part in the work of the US proposed committee.
    "Telegram, V. Molotov to Cde. Stalin," October 30, 1947, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 107, ll. 0101. Contributed by Sergey Radchenko and translated by Angela Greenfield. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/209720
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[Handwritten: Cde. Stalin approves]

[Handwritten: [illegible word, may possibly mean “composed by”] Cde. Molotov. P.]

To Comrade STALIN

Please approve the following draft response to Cde. Vyshinsky:

“Re Your [Nº Nº 418 and 423

First. With respect to the voting on the American amendment, please use our Nº 293 (point 2 “b”) as guidance. This instruction also concerns the proposal about forming a provisional commission.

Second. Prior to the voting on the American amendment, you have to make a statement to the effect that, if the proposal to form a provisional commission is approved without the participation of the Koreans, then the Soviet Union will not be able to take part in the work of such a committee.

Third. Cde. Gromyko acted incorrectly and hastily when he stated as early as in his first speech who we consider representatives of the Korean people, and when he pointed out that they have to be elected by the Korean people and not appointed.

In our Nº 267 we suggested not making this clarification right away, but at an opportune moment, keeping in mind that the priority be given to considering the issue of inviting the Koreans, after which it would be possible to talk about which representatives of Korea should be invited.

It can be seen from the American amendment that the Americans tried to use this premature statement by Gromyko in their interests.”

V. MOLOTOV

30 October 1947

30 October 1947

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