740.0011 P.W./6–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman ) to the Secretary of State

2187. Emb’s 2135, June 17.15 Supporting our notification to Soviet Govt that Amer Govt was informing Italian Govt it would welcome Italian declaration of war on Japan British Amb16 on June 17 wrote Molotov17 that his Govt agreed with proposed American action. Clark Kerr added that British had reed no communication from Italians on subject and did not intend to raise question with them. [Page 962] British Ambassador Rome18 instructed to say, if queried by Italians, that British were consulted by Americans and agreed to American proposed action.

Rptd London 307, Rome 49.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Sir Archibald Clark Kerr.
  3. Vyaeheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.
  4. Sir Noel Charles.