WASHINGTON, Nov.16, 1949 (UP) -- Secretary of State Dean Acheson Wednesday blasted Chinese Communists for arresting United States Consul General Angus Ward, and said the incident has killed any chance of early American recognition of the Red regime.
He also disclosed at a news conference that Russia finally has agreed to intervene with the North Korean Communists to help free two American foreign aid officials, Albert Willis and Alfred T. Meschter, held since Sept. 22.
And he announced the State department has fired a sharp protest at the Chinese Nationalist government for the shelling of the United States freighter Flying Cloud off Shanghai Monday.
His remarks indicated top Untied States officials are aroused and angry about recent developments in the Far East which some diplomats believe have been designed deliberately to cause this country "loss of face" in the Far East.
Acheson directed his ire mainly at what he called the utterly unwarranted treatment of Ward and four other members of the American consulate at Mukden. They were jailed by the Communists Oct. 24 on charges of beating a Chinese who had demanded back pay.
He said the United States considers it a very serious matter and is studying all possible steps to obtain their release.
Acheson then served notice that the event had removed any possibility of the United States even considering diplomatic recognition of the Communist government at this time.
He declined to say what further steps this country might take to free the Americans.
He specifically declined comment on the suggestion of William B. Bullitt, former United States Ambassador to Russia, that the United States Navy blockade the coast of Communist China until Ward and his aides are released.
Acheson made public a Russian note, received Wednesday, in which the Soviet Union promised to "inform" the North Korean red puppet regime of United States demands for the release of Willis and Meschter.