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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
A B C D States and Russia, which has been striven for for more than ten years. Therefore, ROOSEVELT believes that the moment for a settlement has come, since one cannot be certain of the adherence of these states in the future. "Deliberations are under way in the Foreign Ministry in which manner Japan should open a conflict which cannot be avoided. They tend to the opinion that for reasons of interior politics it is unavoidable to declare the existence of a state of war or to declare war on America simultaneously or after the beginning of hostilities. I have in accordance with the hitherto existing instructions about official statements advocated the opinion that if a direct attack is avoided, (the clear text of the cable is missing) . . . could be put upon the United States for this difficult decision regarding entrance into the war. In view of the important role which this point might play in the gradual aggravation of the situation and in the conflict between the groups which I have frequently mentioned I would appreciate an early instruction. (signed) 0TT” (7) An understanding was reached between RIBBENTROP and MUSSOLINI prior to 7 December 1941 to enter into a treaty by which Japan, Germany and Italy would not conclude a peace treaty separately. Such a treaty was formally concluded on 11 December 1941, to remain in force as long as the Tripartite Pact of 27 September 1940.