Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Secretary of State

The British Ambassador85 called to see me this evening at my request.

The Ambassador brought up the question of the continued diplomatic representation of Japan in Tehran. He said that his Government had learned that Japan intended materially to increase diplomatic representation in that capital for purposes which, of course, [Page 328] were obvious. He requested that a further message be sent to our Minister in Tehran urging him to request again that the Iranian Government sever diplomatic relations with Japan, and that this Government use as a leverage the economic assistance which the Iranian Government was requesting of us. I said I would be glad to have a further message sent to our Minister.

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  1. Viscount Halifax.