891.6363 Standard Oil/424: Telegram

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

5. Department’s 71, December 27, 4 p.m. Prime Minister52b tells me that under no circumstances would the Iranian Government consider granting the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey a concession which included an area in northern Iran but would be willing to negotiate regarding areas in the south.

I learn from a semi-official source that this decision is due entirely to Soviet insistence that Russia alone shall have the right to acquire oil concessions in the north, a rumor which was also current when I sent 112, October 3, 2 p.m.53

  1. Dr. Matine-Daftary.
  2. Not printed.