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175 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Prime Minister's Department

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 31 March 1938


Your telegrams March 17th [1] and March 18th. [2]

Brought proposed embargo on export of iron ore to the notice of
the British Government who are a little disturbed at the possible
effect on the Japanese Government of sudden cut off of output from
Yampi Sound and expressed the hope that the Commonwealth
Government will not take the step proposed without being able at
the same time to publish reasons for it which will carry
conviction of its necessity. Lord Halifax [3] suggests that before
the decision is announced the Commonwealth Government might wish
to convey some warning and explanation of it to His Majesty's
Ambassador at Tokyo. [4]


1 Document 141.

2 Not printed.

3 U.K. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

4 Sir Robert Craigie.

[AA : A981, AUSTRALIA 90]
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