701.9111/469: Telegram

The Minister in Iran ( Hornibrook ) to the Secretary of State

2. My telegram No. 1, January 2, 6 p.m. Bitter press attacks upon American Government for failure to obtain public retraction from certain American newspapers continues with increasing vigor in local publications. Strongly hinted that arrest of Djalal inspired by Washington. Four of the newspapers making attacks owned by Majlis. Claim for damages or expulsion of missionaries may be motive. Threat of rupture of diplomatic relations contained in all newspapers. Have thus far ignored newspaper tirade but in event am summoned to Foreign Office think it advisable to furnish Legation with actual facts connected with arrest of Minister. Recall of Djalal officially confirmed.3a

  1. On January 3, 1936, the Iranian Minister had informed the Secretary of State that, under instructions of his Government, he was returning shortly to Iran and that Hossein Ghods, First Secretary of Legation, would act as Chargé, which position he assumed on January 14, 1936. (701.9111/468)