Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The Italian Ambassador called upon me at his request this morning.

The Ambassador stated that his Government was anxious to declare war on Japan, and in view of the wording of the surrender terms he wished to know if we had any objection. I said this would have to be worked out with our Allies and that the Department would give this matter the closest attention and would communicate with him at an early date.

E[dward] S[tettinius]