173 Addison to Chifley
Cablegram D1408 LONDON, 10 August 1945, 11.48 p.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
The Cabinet this afternoon considered to-day's Japanese broadcast which is the only intimation we have so far received of Japan's desire to surrender. The Cabinet felt that further consideration must be given to the precise meaning of the Japanese reservation regarding the position of the Emperor.  They accordingly decided to issue an announcement to the effect that we are in consultation with our Allies as to the position and that, in the meantime, all concerned should carry on.
The text will be telegraphed to you when finally settled. We are also telegraphing to the Governments of the United States, Russia and China asking for their views.
Grateful if you would telegraph at once any observations which you may wish to make.