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The United States Government claim sovereignty over Christmas Island, which has been under British administration for many years as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. Her Majesty's Government have informed the United States Government that the action which they are now taking does not in any way prejudice the claims of either Government.
Is it not rather reprehensible that we should be exploding this weapon over territory the ownership of which is in some dispute? If it subsequently turns out that this is American property, will Her Majesty's Government consider giving appropriate compensation to the United States Government?