Hull accuses Japanese of outright lies

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 1941 (UPI) - Secretary of State Cordell Hull tonight angrily told Saburo Kurusu and Kichsaburo Nomura, Japanese negotiators, that their government's answer to his memorandum was "crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions."

Hull's statement was read directly to Kurusu and Nomura after he read Japan's document handed to him at 2:20 p.m. EST.


The state department thus far had not published the document. However, a departmental statement described the scene as follows:

"Hull carefully read the statement presented by the Japanese ambassador and with the greatest indignation said, "I must say that in all my conversations with you during the last nine months I never uttered one word of untruth. This is borne out absolutely by the record. In all my 50 years of public service I have never seen a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehoods and distortions - on a scale so huge that I never imagined until today that any government on this planet was capable of uttering them."

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