893.113/1072: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (MacVeagh)

13. Your 12, February 13, 2 p.m.

For your information. The Department realizes that the 1919 embargo agreement has not achieved its objectives. It, therefore, welcomes the proposal of the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs as affording an opportunity to discuss the whole question.
You will please inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs that this Government is responsive to the suggestion that representatives of the Powers concerned confer, but with the feeling that it would be advantageous first for the Ministers in Peking to investigate, in the manner of an informal and preliminary tentative conference, the degree of success that has attended the efforts of the governments already parties to the agreement toward the achievement of its objectives.