Munitions Manufacture and Arms Embargoes

June 1, 1934

Report Outline
Demand for Control of Arms Production and Traffic
The Munitions Industry in the United States
American Munitions Sales to Foreign Countries
Chaco Embargo and Other Arms Traffic Proposals

Demand for Control of Arms Production and Traffic

Development of “an effective system for the regulation of the manufacture of and traffic in arms and munitions of war” was proposed as a new task for the Disarmament Conference by Norman H. Davis, chairman of the American delegation, when the conference reconvened at Geneva on May 29. Addressing the delegates at the opening session, Ambassador Davis declared that “the American people and government are convinced that by some means the production and traffic in engines of death, and the profits resulting there from, must be controlled or eliminated.”

Those who have a sordid financial interest in fomenting international suspicion and discord, which in turn increases the demand for what they have to sell, must [he insisted] be put in a position in which they do not have the power or the incentive to do so much evil. If we are to foment international good will and stability, we must, take effective steps to control or suppress the forces which have a material interest in fomenting mistrust and discord.

Davis in conclusion announced that the United States was “prepared to negotiate in connection with disarmament a treaty that would deal drastically with this problem.”

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