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

8. Hart states that the Prime Minister has just informed him that the Shah has signed oil and pipe line concessions although public announcement may not be made for several days. Agreements were finally ratified by the Majlis February 4 and 8 respectively. Signature by His Majesty hung in the balance owing to article in Time which was cabled anonymously to the Palace from the United States. Fortunately the article might have been worse, consequently Hart was able to furnish an interpretation which although specious apparently proved adequate.