25 October 1941
Re your #989*.
We are particularly anxious to get an idea of the extent to which the United States will agree with our final proposal. We are putting much expectation that this point will be clarified during the Wakasugi Welles talks on the 25th.
With regard to the military general staff office's message, we obtained an explanation from it after we received your message. It seems that that message was an expression of the General Staff's hopes and the government in the meantime is going ahead with its studies to establish a basic national policy, embodying the results of the Japanese-United States negotiations.
My personal intentions are as I outlined in my message #698* (those on which the army and navy concurred). Bearing these facts in mind, will you please urge the United States to voice its intentions.
At the same time will you continue to make an effort to definitely ascertain the U. S. attitude with regard to our proposal. I am exceedingly anxious to receive your findings on these points.
JD-1: #6117††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (D) Navy Trans. 10-25-41 (S-TT)
**JD-1: 6015 (S.I.S. #23968). New cabinet sends first instructions on U. S.-Jap negotiations. The situation is at an impassť unless the U. S. will change its views.
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 1 INTERCEPTED DIPLOMATIC MESSAGES SENT BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN JULY l AND DECEMBER 8, 1941)