500.A4/14: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Bell) to the Secretary of State

245. My 240, July 11th, 6 p.m.37 I have just received following memorandum from the Foreign Office.

“The Imperial Government are happy to state that it would be agreeable to them to receive an invitation from the Government of the United States to take part in a conference of the five powers, the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan, which it is contemplated may be held in Washington at a time to be mutually agreed upon with a view to considering the question of the limitation of armaments.

As to the suggestion that the proposed conference should also embrace a discussion by the interested powers of the Pacific and Far Eastern problems the Imperial Government find a difficulty in expressing [their] views before they are precisely informed of the nature and scope of these problems and they should be glad to hear the views which may be entertained by the United States Government in this respect.”

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