500.A15A5/884a: Telegram

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

224. Referring our 223, June 4, 8 p.m. You may explain to the British Government that while we were aware of their position with regard to the calibre of guns of capital ships, it was deemed advisable that the inquiry with regard to this which is intended primarily for the Japanese Government should be made of each of the Washington Treaty Powers. This we are doing in view of the early necessity which the President will have of making a decision as to the calibre of guns to be mounted on battleships now under construction or to be constructed.