740.0011 European War 1939/32853a: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representatives in the American Republics

The Secretary made the following statement concerning Argentina at his press conference today:

“It will be most gratifying to all the Allied Nations, including especially the American Republics, to learn that Argentina has broken diplomatic relations with Germany and Japan. This action was taken because the Argentine Government realizes that the Axis countries are using Argentina as a vast operating base for espionage and other activities highly dangerous to the security and internal peace of the Hemisphere. It must be assumed from her action that Argentina will now proceed energetically to adopt the other measures which all of the American Republics have concerted for the security of the continent.”