500.A15A5/955: Telegram

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

1402. Following Foreign Office note of today’s date just received:

“I have the honour to request Your Excellency to be so good as to notify the United States Government that in consequence of the state of war which exists with Germany and in accordance with the provisions of Article 24 of the Treaty for the Limitation of Naval Armament signed at London on the 25th March 1936 His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India in respect of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland hereby suspends in so far as he is concerned all of the obligations of the said treaty.

2. A similar note is being addressed to His Excellency the French Ambassador and the Italian Chargé d’Affaires.

I have the honour to be, etc.”