701.9111/517: Telegram

The Chargé in Iran ( Merriam ) to the Secretary of State

30. Yesterday the question of sending special envoy was broached informally to the Under Secretary and to the Chief of the Third Political Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The matter was presented as an idea originating in the Legation which would be submitted to the Department if well received here. Reaction of both officials was favorable although the latter expressed doubt as to efficacy if further exceptionable articles should appear. In any event the matter will be presented to the Foreign Minister and to the Shah for consideration after which I shall report further.

All second class mail entering Iran is being held for examination.