701.9111/555: Telegram

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

25. Your 34, May 17, noon. You should seek an early appointment with the Foreign Minister and, after referring to the oral statement made to you on May 17 by the Chief of the third political division, you should say that you have been instructed by your Government to request the Foreign Minister to furnish you with a statement in writing of the Iranian Government’s position in the matter.

You should refrain from all comment on, or discussion of, your present instructions or the situation set forth in your telegram under reference.

Please keep the Department promptly informed of developments.