Memorandum by the Secretary of State Regarding a Conversation With the German Ambassador (Luther)




[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.