The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Smith) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 2—8:14 a.m.]
3. I consider it inadvisable to start our note to Soviet Govt on status of Dairen (Dept’s 2208 December 312) with reference to recent incident3 at the Port. Bringing up that incident is likely to offer Soviet Govt opening for confusing main issue by arguing over rights and wrongs of relatively minor incident.
Does Dept therefore concur in my proposal that note to FonOff begin simply with “American Govt considers it desirable that the current unsatisfactory situation”? I shall withhold action until reply received from Dept.