124.91/64: Telegram

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

26. Your 34, June 12, 8 a.m. We feel that it is difficult to take any concrete steps, beyond those already taken, which are likely to improve our relations with Iran and that improvement in those relations will [Page 726] come about largely as a result of passage of time. We believe therefore that while it is proper to endeavor to settle such subsidiary problems as non-delivery of second class mail in the purely routine manner which you have adopted, it would be best to proceed most cautiously in discussing larger issues, such as extradition.

So far as a trade agreement is concerned we consider that the initiative should, for the present at least, be left entirely to the Iranians.