711.00111 Armament Control/777a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham)34

The President on February 29 signed the new Neutrality Act. At the same time he issued a new Arms Embargo Proclamation35 revising in some minor details the enumeration of arms in his former Proclamation of October 5.36 It was not necessary for him to issue a new proclamation in regard to travel on belligerent ships as the Proclamation of October 5 on that subject37 still stands. When he signed the Act, he issued a statement38 in regard to the policy of this Government concerning commercial transactions with the belligerents. In that statement, he said in part: “The policies announced by the Secretary of State and myself at the time of and subsequent to the issuance of the original proclamation will be maintained in effect.” (See Radio Bulletin No. 50 of February 29).

  1. The same, March 3, 7 p.m., to the Minister Resident in Ethiopia. Repeated as circular to Paris, Rome, Bern, and Geneva.
  2. 49 Stat. 3498.
  3. 49 Stat. 3474.
  4. 49 Stat. 3476.
  5. Department of State, Press Releases, March 7, 1936, p. 197.