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Parent Collaboration between Japan, Germany and Italy Vol. VII
Language English
Collection Tavenner Papers & IMTFE Official Records
Box Box 15
Folder Japan, Germany, Italy Collaboration Vol 7
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
"Regarding paragraph 2 again, should Japan declare war on the United States and Great Britain, I asked, would Italy do likewise immediately? Mussolini replied: •Of course, She is obligated to do so under the terms of the Tripartite Pact. Since Germany would also be obligated to follow suit, we would like to confer with Germany on this point.1 "With reference to paragraph 3> I submitted the French text of your message #987***, as one proposal, and asked him whether he preferred it to be separately or jointly. He replied that as long as it was done simul¬taneously with Germany it did not make much difference to him, but if it were done jointly he thought it would give the impression of more strength. He said he would confer with Ambassador MAKKENZEN. "Mussolini failed to bring up the subject of Soviet Russia, so the matter was not brought up at all." (Translator's note: Up to this point, message was in purple - CA. The following paragraph was not encoded in the CA. Cannot find phrase referred to in the text.) "In the first part of this message, please correct 'N-NKEN ¥Af to 'KINKENSHA WA.f 25833 JD-1§J(D) Navy Trans. 12-6-41 (W-TT) *JD-1: 6943 (S.I.S. #25552-53). **JD-1: 6944 (S.I.S. #25554-55). ♦♦♦Not available."