761.9315 Manchuria/231: Telegram

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

436. Our 435, June 11, 7 p.m.36 Soviet-Japanese agreement concerning delimitation of Manchurian-Outer Mongolia border near Nomonhan. A member of the Foreign Office has informed us in addition to confirming the report of the agreement, that it was merely initialed by Molotov and Ambassador Togo at Moscow and must now be referred to the Mongolian and Manchurian Governments for their [Page 642] approval. He anticipated no difficulty in this respect, however, and added that the Soviet Union has been adamant about the necessity of settling this border issue before proceeding to take up other outstanding problems such as the conclusion of a long term fisheries agreement and Russian interference with Japanese interests in Soviet Sakhalin. The Japanese press although pleased emphasizes that the settlement of the Nomonhan question constitutes only one of the many problems confronting the two countries.

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