Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
20 — The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom (Wellington)
The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom (Wellington)
Circular telegram. For the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
As will be seen from the message in my Circular telegram of today [No. 19] the question of further action in relation to Japan by the United States in conjunction with us is being discussed with the United States authorities. We gather, in this connection, that there is an impression in certain quarters that if, as a result of any such action, the United States were to find themselves at war with Japan, we might stand aside. The War Cabinet has considered this aspect and there is no doubt in their mind that, should the question arise, we should certainly declare war on Japan. May we assume that in the circumstances the attitude of your Government would be similar? We are letting our Ambassadors at Washington and Tokyo know what our attitude would be in case the question should arise, and we should be grateful therefore for your views at the earliest possible moment.