CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN - 1956/06/09

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roved for Release: 2019/10/21 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN COle0 cc'W ///, 9 June 1956 Copy No. 103 bOCUMENT NO. NO CHANC..c.:": IN CL SS. I DECLA8SiFiED CLM;S. CHANGED TO: IS S NEXT flEVIEW DATE' ICOCIP MTH: HR 70-2 Vielia,e1 REVIEWER: OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TOP SECRET // , Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 01.1N Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 IUIknurcr.,1 ´┐ŻNrial CONTENTS 1. SHEPILOV'S IMPENDING VISIT TO EGYPT 2. BOHLEN COMMENTS ON TITO VISIT TO MOSCOW (page 4). (page 3). 3. SUSLOV7 'TRIP TO HUNGARY MAY DETERMINE RAKOSPS FUTURE (page 5). 4. JAPANESE EXTEND LIMITED RECOGNITION TO SOVIET 5. MISSION (page 6). (page 7). 6. ASSASSINATION THREAT REPORTEDLY CAUSED RHEE TO CANCEL ADDRESS (page 8). 7. BURMESE REBUFFED BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS ON BORDER ISSUE (page 9). 9 June 56 * * * * THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 11) Current Intelligence Bulletin TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Page 2 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 7SEreRer- 1. SHEPILOV'S IMPENDING VISIT TO EGYPT Soviet foreign minister Shepilov's visit to Cairo on 18 June probably is intended by Moscow as a reaffirmation of Soviet support for the Arabs. ´┐ŻShepilov will also visit Syria. Shepilov may press for Egyptian accept- ance of the Soviet offer to finance the Aswan High Dam. A year ago, when arms negotiations between Egypt and the West were faltering, Shepilov negotiated the Czech arms deal in Cairo. (Concurred in by ORR) 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 GUM 11AtiN 1 1AL Nee 2. BOHLEN COMMENTS ON TITO VISIT TO MOSCOW Ambassador Bohlen reports that Tito during his visit has maintained the pos- ture of a chief of state of an independent country and has refrained in his public r m references to party matters. The Soviet leaders have treated this as a state-to-state visit in their public statements. At the negotiating table, however, Khru- shchev, as party first secretary, has been seated as head of the delegation rather than Bulganin as chief of government. A member of the Yugoslav delegation told Bohlen the Yugoslays, although finding the Soviet leaders "dogmatic," had been impressed by their frankness, particu- larly in discussing their past mistakes. He told Bohlen that the two countries were very close on the German question, both favoring a rapprochement between the two German states, which he believed would be facilitated by some changes in the East German structure. He implied that in the Moscow talks so far there had been somewhat greater divergencies on certain other questions, possibly, according to Bohlen, the question of Satellite relations. Bohlen notes that Shepilov has not figured prominently in the visit and is obviously outside the inner group. In view of Molotov's participation in the talks, Bohlen is becom- ing convinced that Molotov was replaced as foreign minister by common agreement or at his own request. He may have wished to avoid playing before Tito the role of mereAechnician which he as foreign minister has played in high-level negotiations during the past year. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 CONFIDENTIAL Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 -*mai 3. SUSLOV'S TRIP TO HUNGARY MAY DETERMINE RAKOSI'S FUTURE The arrival of Soviet presidium member Suslov in Budapest on 7 June coincides with a Hungarian central comMittee meet- ing reportedly convoked to discuss the problem of party factionalism. Suslov may be on a mission to settle Hungarian party first secre- tary Rakosi's future position. Suslov is believed to be re- sponsible for relations with foreign Communist parties and reportedly was present at the Bulgarian central committee plenum which ousted Chervenkov. Rakosi, like Chervenkov, has been a target of Tito's criticism. Rakosi has apparently retained power in the face of strong internal opposition only through open Soviet endorsement. His continued inability to cope with factional- ism, and possibly demands by Tito in Moscow, may have forced a change in Soviet plans. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 CUM 1/M1111 1AL %roe %AO' 4, JAPANESE EXTEND LIMITED RECOGNITION TO SOVIET MISSION The Japanese government has granted Soviet mission chief Sergei Tikhvinsky "limited recognition" as Moscow's offi- cial representative in fishery matters only. Tikhvmsky's reported acceptance of this status will open the way for the Japanese fishing fleet to obtain Soviet licenses for operation in Soviet restricted waters beginning 15 Jun; but it merely defers settlement of the larger ques- tion of relations with the USSR. Japan, under the terms of the fishery pacts recently concluded in Moscow, is committed to restore diplo- matic relations with the USSR. The principal political con- flict which has developed in Tokyo centers on timing and method for resuming relations--whether to adopt the Adenauer formula of an immediate exchange of diplomats without a peace treaty or to attempt to negotiate a treaty. Unexpected opposition within the govern- ment party, arising primarily from the former Yoshida faction, appears to have convinced the Hatoyama government that a drive for immediate relations might split the party. The cabi- net decision to continue to seek a treaty and not abandon Japan's claims to the Southern Kurils apparently was made in recogni- tion of popular coolness toward "selling territory for fish." Prime Minister Hatoyama's faction has de- ferred the Japanese-Soviet issue until after the upper house elections in early July. Most Japanese, however, regard the resumption of diplomatic relations as inevitable. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin CONFIDENTIAL Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Page 6 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 5. AUSTRIAN RECOGNITION OF COMMUNIST CHINA REPORTED IMMINENT the Austrian Foreign Ministry reportear told in early June that Austrian recognition of Communist China is imminent. The Austrian ambassadors in Washington and London are said to have been instructed to submit to Vienna their recom- mendations on timing and their estimates of probable Ameri- can and British reactions. Comment Foreign Minister Figl told last December that Austria could not afford to "get out in front" and there would be no question of Austrian recognition of the Peiping government until such time as China's status had been regulated by the United Nations. Since that time, however, the question has evidently been under further consideration in the Foreign Ministry, where there has been pressure for recognition from trade circles as well as from the Austrian ambassador in Mos- cow0 press reports of the recent relaxation of controls on deliveries to China by British colonies evoked an immediate reaction from the Austrian Ministry of Trade and that Austrian interest in China trade is "particularly acute" now in view of the expected departure on 22 June of an Austrian trade delegation to China. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 7 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 .01' 6. ASSASSINATION THREAT REPORTEDLY CAUSED RHEE TO CANCEL ADDRESS Comment President Rhee failed to make his sched- uled Memorial Day address on 6 June, reportedly because he had received in- formation that he and Assembly Speaker Yi Ki-pung were in danger of assasination. President Rhee's action reflects the at- mosphere of tension which has prevailed in South Korea since the election. Vice-President-elect Chang Myon is also reported being heavily guarded. Opposition assemblymen have demanded an investigation into the alleged use of bribes to secure the re- election on 8 June of Yi Ki-pung, Rhee's defeated vice-presi- dential running mate, as speaker of the assembly. The national police, which may also be investigated by the assembly 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Page 8 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 I th s 7. BURMESE REBUFFED BY CHINESE COMMUNISTS ON BORDER ISSUE Comment Chou's refusal to accept the present boundary line and his rebuff of Burmese pre- mier U Nu's request in February for a boundary commission are the clear- est indications thus far that Peiping plans to hold its boundary claims in re- serve as a lever to influ- ence Burmese policy. Chinese Communist maps show a large portion of the Icachin State as well as the Wa States to be Chi- nese territory. For the BURMA 8 JUNE 1956 Area claimed by China 0 700 ;00 miles 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin -T-ap-sEERET 60608 Page 9 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 1 ,JLCHL Nip? itaps past year Rangoon has sought a settlement of the boundary, apparently in the hope of capitalizing on the Chinese Commu- nist campaign to convince the Burmese of China's peaceful intentions. The disappointment expressed by Rangoon points up the development of Burmese disillusionment with Chinese Communist professions of "peace and coexistence." U Nu has complained of Chinese Communist and Soviet intervention in Burmese political affairs. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 10 -T-OP-SEC,RE7 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 %we THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 8 June) Israel has made an official protest to the UN Security Council over Egypt's continued blockade of the Suez Canal. The Israeli delegate to the UN stated that Egyptian author- ities were detaining a Greek ship, the Panngia, which was bound from Haifa to the Gulf of Aqaba port of Eilat. The delegate said that this was of "special gravity at a time when the Security Coun- cil has just reaffirmed once again the need to re-establish full compliance with the general armistice agreements." Last Febru- ary Israel imposed censorship on reports of Egyptian detention of another Greek ship on a similar trip, apparently to avoid an inter- national political debate on the blockade at that time. This protest suggests that Israel, which indicated dissatisfaction with the re- cent Security Council resolution, intends to try to keep the Arabs on the defensive diplomatically and to continue to press for a settlement of the basic nrohlems left illsettled by the Hammar- skjold mission. 9 June 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 11 TOP SECRE-- Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158 pproved for Release: 2019/10/21 CO3015158 / 7 S#74, Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03015158