393.115/1071: Telegram

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

4. Your 1332, December 17, midnight.85 The Department suggests that, in your discretion, you inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs,86 orally or in writing, that you have referred to your Government the statement which was handed to you on December 17 by the Foreign Minister, and that your Government regrets that it cannot consider this statement as responsive to the representations which have been made to the Japanese Government by the Government of the United States.87

  1. Not printed, but see Ambassador Grew’s memorandum and the Japanese oral statements of December 17, 1940, ibid., pp. 895900.
  2. Yosuke Matsuoka.
  3. For Ambassador Grew’s oral statement to Mr. Matsuoka, January 7, 1941, see Foreign Relations, Japan, 1931–1941, Vol. i, p. 901.