485 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 406 WASHINGTON, 4 June 1941, 12.22 a.m.
My telegram No. 384  and Prime Minister's telegram No. 55. 
British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs  has telegraphed the British Ambassador at Washington  to the effect that they regard it important that a public statement should be made and no mere private undertaking.
Minister of British Embassy  called on Sumner Welles  and Secretary of State  today in the above connection. Neither has any objection to a public statement provided language not provocative although they admit Japanese extremists will do their best to make any such statement appear provocative.
I still hold strongly to the advisability of a private undertaking and not a public statement.
I have reason to believe that, although the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs  would prefer a public statement; he would be satisfied with a confidential assurance provided it was made clear confidentially in Tokyo that such an assurance had been given. He realizes the possibility of repercussions in Japan of a public statement with which the United States was not joined. He also realizes that it is most unlikely in the circumstances that the United States would join in any such public statement.