611.5731/143: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Norway (Biddle)

24. Your 50, August 31, 11 a.m. You may informally say to Morgenstierne that while we thoroughly understand the desire of the Norwegian Government to negotiate a limited agreement at an early date and appreciate the frankness with which he has raised the question, we are doubtful whether we are in a position to announce such negotiations at this time. However, we are continuing to study the matter carefully and if it should prove practicable to give favorable consideration to such a proposal we will promptly inform you to that effect.