811.20 Defense (M)/473/22: Telegram

The Consul at Hanoi (Reed) to the Secretary of State

The Department’s telegram dated June 25, 6 p.m.26 I have been informed verbally that the Governor General will release at once the wolfram at Haiphong, about 4,200 tons. Written confirmation promised tonight or tomorrow.

Governor of Hong Kong previously requested release of all ores for shipment to Singapore and the Governor General agreed to release all antimony but no wolfram except that at Saigon, approximately 1,500 tons. A telegram is being sent to Governor of Hong Kong requesting approval to release all antimony (about 5,500 tons at Haiphong and about 400 tons at Saigon) and the wolfram at Saigon for shipment to the United States.

A favorable reply from Hong Kong is expected within a day or so by the Indochina Government.

No Isthmian Line [ships?] are expected to arrive at Haiphong in the near future, and it is suggested that Hong Kong or Manila may be better informed as to ship movements.

  1. Not printed; for essence, see Department’s telegram No. 108, June 25, 6 p.m., supra.