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A Japanese Ultimatum

The morning's New York Times featured reports of an impending meeting between German chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian premier Benito Mussolini, as well as news of continuing British success in combating the Nazi air assault. The focus of this telephone conversation between President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull, however, is the growing conflict with Japan in the Far East and the Pacific Ocean. With the tape recorder capturing only those sounds heard in the Oval Office itself, it features only President Roosevelt's side of the conversation.

Date:  Oct 04, 1940
Participants:  Franklin Roosevelt, Cordell Hull
Conversation Number:  RL 48-61:1(2)

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