891.6363 Standard Oil/424: Telegram
The Chargé in Iran (Engert) to the Secretary of State
[Received 9:48 a.m.]
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