740.00119 P.W./12–1045: Telegram

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

2482. Point 5 of our proposals—namely the disarming of Japanese troops in North China—was not directed to the Manchuria situation which is covered by Point 6. In North China, excluding Manchuria, according to our information there are more than 300,000 Japanese troops which have not been evacuated and only a little more than half of them have been disarmed. Their disarmament and evacuation have been delayed and complicated by civil strife. We simply want to advise Molotov of the status of affairs and of the reasons why we have not been able to remove our troops.

Byrnes