740.00119 Potsdam/7–1145: Telegram

No. 240
The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of State

16. Recommendation that we request British concurrence in our intention, if and when Italy declares war against Japan, to support officially and publicly Italy’s admission in due course to world security organization is now before the President in papers prepared for Big Three meeting (See Italy: Topics on Which Discussion is Desired; III, Participation in World Organizations1). Inasmuch as it now appears that Italy may declare war before Big Three meeting, and since effective value of American action both in US and abroad may depend to great extent upon prompt announcement thereof following Italian declaration, it is believed that we should proceed immediately with recommendation.

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If you agree, and President approves, instructions will be sent Winant to inform British Government and inquire if it is prepared to support American position.

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