Department of State Bulletin, vol. III, p. 253


Press Release Issued by the Department of State On September 23, 1940


In response to inquiries at the press conference today, the Secretary of State said:


"Events are transpiring so rapidly in, the Indochina situation that it is impossible to get a clear picture of the minute‑to‑minute develop‑






ments. It seems obvious, however, that the status quo is being upset and that this is being achieved under duress. The position of the United States in disapproval and in deprecation of such procedures has repeatedly been stated."



This Government has not at any time or in any way approved the French concessions to Japan. The attitude of this Government to­ward developments in French Indochina is as expressed by the Secre­tary of State this morning and in previous public statements.