Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
32 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the acting Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the acting Prime Minister of New Zealand
Circular telegram. My Circular telegram of 12 July [No. 27].
All His Majesty's Governments in the Dominions have now concurred in our proposal to proceed at the appropriate moment with the denunciation of the Commercial Treaty. We are accordingly informing the United States Government that we propose to take this step immediately there is any overt act on the part of Japan.
2. The Commonwealth Government have stressed to us the importance of following up the above action with intensified economic restrictions. We fully agree with this view and hope to telegraph detailed proposals as soon as we have received a further indication of the United States Government's intentions; see my telegram M.158.1
3. In the meantime certain further possible measures have also occurred to us. They are:
The closing of the Japanese Consulate-General at Singapore;
The placing of Ishihara and Okura on the Statutory List.
4. As regards (1), we have ample evidence of improper activities of the Japanese Consul-General to justify this action and do not consider that it would lead to dangerous reactions in Japan. We are, however, as a first step obtaining the views of the Governor of the Straits Settlements. Subject to his raising no objections, we would propose to include this in the list of measures to be taken in the event of a Japanese move.
1 Not published. This telegram reported the United States Government's intention to impose an immediate embargo on exports to Japan in the event of ‘the contingency contemplated’. Discussion was to take place between representatives of the British Embassy in Washington and the State Department on the economic measures each government might apply.
2 Not published.