Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
58 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Circular telegram. Japan. My immediately preceding telegram.
1. Lord Halifax has reported that he has raised the matter with Mr Hull and we are awaiting a definite and considered reply.
2. In the meantime we have been approached by the Soviet Ambassador1 with the request that we and the United States Government should issue a strong warning to Japan now. He felt this would check the Japanese Government and that nothing else might suffice to do so. He was told in reply that we were already in communication with the United States Government about the general situation in the Far East and would communicate with him further on receipt of their reply.
3. We have reason to believe that the United States Ambassador is also raising the matter with his Government.
1 M. Ivan Maisky, USSR Ambassador in Great Britain, 1932–43.