894.6363/316: Telegram

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

136. Embassy’s 3, January 8, 7 p.m.

The oil interests have been unable as yet to obtain a settlement of the Korean gasoline quota question which they regard as a test case indicative of the treatment which they may expect under the assurances given by the Foreign Office in January last. At their last interview at the Foreign Office the Chief of the Bureau of Commercial Affairs suggested that they compile a strongly worded statement of their position for reference to the Minister for Foreign [Page 732]Affairs and intimated that the Foreign Office expected that inquiries would be made by the respective Embassies on the subject. The Department will therefore probably be approached by the Standard Oil interests with a request that the Embassy make representations requesting a settlement of the Korean quota question in the light of the assurances referred to above.
The assurances do not specifically refer to Korea but the Foreign Office has never denied that Korea is included therein. The Embassy therefore perceives no reason why such representations should not be made.