711.94114 Supplies/213: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Soviet Union (Hamilton)
1379. Your 1948, May 31.93 Department has not discussed with Soviet Ambassador at Washington question of publicity. As regards amendments to press release as quoted in Department’s 1346, May 29, please add at end of third sentence after word “Japan” words “and has suggested alternatively the overland transportation of these supplies via Manchuria, offering to deliver the supplies at the Manchurian border.” Department agreeable to deletion from next to last sentence of words “alternative but”. On the basis of the Soviet Government’s statement to the British Government that no objection was seen to making public the Soviet Government’s approach to Japan as indicated in your 1598, May 8, newspapers here are already aware of this phase of Soviet Government’s action. Department, therefore considers it unnecessary to include in proposed release reference to Soviet approach to Japanese Government, although if Soviet authorities so desire, Department will be glad to include such a reference.
In the light of your 1921, May 29,93 Department is now making through Swiss channels reply94 to Japanese Government’s proposal. It desires promptly to issue the above-mentioned press release, as amended, and hopes that you can obtain immediate Soviet concurrence.