Memorandum by the Secretary of State Regarding a Conversation With the German Ambassador (Luther) [Extract] [WASHINGTON,] October 9, 1933.

The German Ambassador called and I stated to him that the one primary and paramount purpose and matter of consideration of the United States Government was the promotion of general disarmament. I said that, naturally, any organized movement for this purpose could not logically contemplate a modified program by which some governments might proceed to rearm; that the theory of my government was that we should wage a steady contest for the disarmament of the heavily armed nations, rather than become parties to a plan for others to proceed to rearm; that this viewpoint had no reference to countries or populations anywhere in particular.


Source: U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943, pp. 193.

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