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The Minister in Thailand (Peck) to the Secretary of State

473. Department’s 118, October 2, 7 p.m. On October 7, I orally and confidentially conveyed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs the information set forth in the Department’s instruction. The British Minister informed me that he mentioned the purchasing arrangement to the Prime Minister on October 10 and pointed out that Thailand’s own interests would require the maintenance of a completely open market with no clandestine assistance to Japanese purchases as opposed to ours.