Foreign News: Suffering South America

Having twiddled thumbs since President Roosevelt's plans for booming Soviet-U. S. trade went awry (TIME, Feb. n et seq.), the U. S. Embassy staff in Moscow brightened up as they were given a job last week, proceeded to take over for safekeeping the diplomatic paraphernalia of the Uruguayan Legation and consulate. Fortnight ago Uruguay, then the only South American country having diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union, broke them off (TIME, Jan. 6), and last week Comrade Alexander Minkin, Soviet Minister to Uruguay, sailed away from Montevideo hissing threats in excitable Russian.

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