711.329/3–2448: Telegram

The Secretary of State of the Embassy in Brazil

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238. ReDeptel 1302 Nov. 21.1 Dept and AEC anticipate that failure of Brazilians thus far to confirm renewal of agreement under our option means they have important reserves about it or its terms.2

Unless early reply indicated please inform Brazilians that this Govt would appreciate confirmation agreement is now extended for further three years following our notice of exercise of option privileges. You may point out that a second contractual period begins next July. Before then any review of prices, quantities, etc., as envisaged by Emb’s note of Nov. 14, 1947,1 should be completed. If Brazilians wish discuss these matters we would appreciate their suggesting a date.

For Emb’s info and with reference suggestions for formulation of US policy on those specific points (Emb’s despatch 3002, Nov. 4, 19471) [Page 702] it is planned to discuss these matters fully in instructions outlining position to be taken by US in expected forthcoming negotiations.

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  2. For text of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Governments of Brazil and the United States with respect to the control of monazite sands and other carriers of thorium and thorium compounds, signed in Rio de Janeiro, July 6, 1945, see Foreign Relations, 1945, vol. ii, pp. 2023.
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