500.A4B/596: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chairman of the American Delegation (Davis)

62. Your 86, December 29, 10 a.m. Thank you for your suggestions. I am afraid that it will not be possible to withhold a statement as Saito62a in delivering the formal notice of denunciation63 is giving out a 1200 word statement64 of the Japanese position. For domestic reasons, we cannot allow the press to carry only the Japanese point of view without a re-statement of our own position. I do not share your fears that the mere issuance of a statement would be regarded as more or less provocative given the fact that it would parallel and follow a public Japanese statement.

  1. Hirosi Saito, Japanese Ambassador in the United States.
  2. See infra.
  3. Post, p. 417.