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May 3, 1951

Letter, President Syngman Rhee to General Coulter

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President Rhee writes to General Coulter to address the issue of prisoners of war. After stating that releasing POWs would “demoralize” Korean soldiers, Rhee expresses his concern for POWs forced to fight in the North’s side. Rhee states that “democratic-accepting” POWs can be released only after they pass a series of tests proving them to be anti-communist. Once released, these POWs can “carry their stories of fair treatment under a democratic United Nations.”


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B-011-015, Official Correspondences, President Rhee’s Correspondences, Syngman Rhee Institute, Yonsei University.


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