The Chargé in Japan (Bell) to the Secretary of State
[Received 6:41 p.m.]
500. Embassy’s telegram no. 488 of September 20.50 War Office has informed me that there has been a revision of the agreement of April 2951 between Japan’s Expeditionary Force and the provisional government at Vladivostok concerning railway policing. This revision was due to the withdrawal from Habarovsk of the Japanese forces. By the agreement as revised, Russian armed troops are excluded south of Iman from the railway line. Kussian civilian police will police the line between Iman and Ussuri, and south of Ussuri the Japanese troops will guard the railway. There are negotiations now going on in connection with the turning over to the Russians of the railway line between Ussuri and Habarovsk by which a neutral zone would be established extending from Ussuri to Iman.