It soon turns out that one of maids, Ottola Nesmith, who was cleaning up Feng's room is found dead of the same illness, Acute Yellow Atrophy, that he's suffering from. It becomes apparent that someone is trying to sabotage the negotiations in order to make the Amerian delegation not only look bad but be blamed in covering up the oceanographers real intent of surveying the waters off the North Korean coast. That's not for fish but for military reasons in case a war with the Korth Koreans, which the US is accused of planning, breaks out! Feng himself soon dies from the mysterious illness and his replacement or second in command II Pak Soong, James Shigeta, goes full blast accusing the US of having him poisoned and made to look that the Democratic Peoples Republic did it!
****SPOILERS**** Jast as II Pak Soong was about to have it his way in framing the Americans of murdering top Democratic Peoples Republic negotiator Feng that his own head of security Hsai Hsu Mak, Khigw Dhiegh, uncovered his plan to murder Feng. That's by II Pak Soong having his room cleaned with a chemical, full strength, that if unhealed causes Acute Yellow Atrophy. Exposed as not only a liar and fraud but murderer as well II Pak Soong is soon to face he music or better yet firing squad back home in the Democratic Peoples Republic. That's unless if he decides to ask for political asylum in the USA the very country he tried to frame in Nam Feng's murder.