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India, Japan must be UNSC permanent members: Kissinger said in 1972

Kissinger's response had come to a question from Robert Ingersoll, who then was then the US Ambassador to Japan.


India, Japan must be UNSC permanent members: Kissinger said in 1972
The Department of State today released Foreign Relations of the United States 1969–1976 Volume XIX, Part 2, Japan, 1969–1972. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

India and Japan ought to be the permanent members of the UN Security Council, Henry Kissinger had said in 1972 when he was the National Security Advisor to then US president Richard Nixon, according to a decades-old diplomatic conversation released today.

Kissinger's response had come to a question from Robert Ingersoll, who then was then the US Ambassador to Japan.

During the meeting between the two in Washington DC on April 3, 1972, Ingersoll asked how Kissinger, now 95 years old, felt about a possible effort on America's part to make Japan a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

"Mr Kissinger declared that this was inevitable in his opinion. Both Japan and India ought to be permanent members. However, as of the present moment he knew of no particular effort on our part in this direction," according to the memorandum of the conversation between the two.

John H Holdridge, a senior staff members, was the only other official present at the meeting.

The Department of State today released Foreign Relations of the United States 1969–1976 Volume XIX, Part 2, Japan, 1969–1972.

Part 1 of the volume on US bilateral relations with Korea, 1969–1972, was published in 2010.

Kissinger is scheduled to deliver keynote address to the Leadership Summit of the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum in July.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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