Phoenix from the Ashes



The guarded optimism which the agreement of 29 May had inspired even in the Soviet press, who were echoed by the Chinese in praising Eden’s ‘policy of understanding’,2 barely survived the end of the month. On 3 June impatience began to spill over. Molotov, who had returned from Moscow the day before, requested a plenary session (the first since 14 May) for 8 June.3 Bedell Smith reported Eden as believing the impasse on supervision might prove a breaking issue.4 The Times betrayed pessimism. No progress was made in the restricted sessions of 2, 3 and 4 June or in three meetings of military representatives from the two commands.5


Security Council Plenary Session Conservative Party American Intervention National Security Council 
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