Until this point the British official in Tokyo had not
written many reports relating to Korea because events there did not seem to
affect his position in Japan.
This letter was prompted by the prospect of an
armistice which was discussed in 1951 but by 1952 had still made little progress.
The armistice was not finally agreed until 1953. One of the problems was that
an agreement involved the North and South Koreans, the USA, USSR and China.
There was also very little trust, which meant that every detail had to be