741.9111/25: Telegram

The Minister in Iran (Dreyfus) to the Secretary of State 46

11. The Foreign Minister informs me that a Cabinet crisis has been caused by the refusal of the British Government to accede to request of Iranian Government for several small changes in the treaty. The most important of these which were to be handled by exchange of letters are (1) provision against use of Iranian forces outside the country without Iranian consent and (2) provision that Iran will not have to pay for useless or unnecessary construction or installation by Allies. He states that upon learning of this refusal Prime Minister wished to resign without delay but was persuaded to make a last endeavor through Iranian Legation in London to obtain British consent. He is certain if this fails Prime Minister will resign as he feels he cannot otherwise face Majlis which has demanded the treaty changes.

British Minister confirms the refusal and states it appears to be based on belief by British Government that it has made numerous concessions while Iranians have indulged in delaying tactics. Soviet Ambassador informs me that he is supporting British stand despite fact that he has already informed Iranian Government [his Government?] has consented to the proposed changes.

Meanwhile situation in north is deteriorating. The Kurds are reliably reported to have expelled the Governor of Rezaieh, killed a number of police, committed acts of brigandage and interfered with Government services. The Iranians allege this disorder is instigated by Soviets and profess themselves helpless to put it down because of absence of Iranian forces there and insufficient number of police permitted by Russians.

  1. Repeated to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom as Department’s No. 264, January 22, 7 p.m., with the following paragraph added: “We should appreciate as detailed information as possible regarding the course of the treaty negotiations with Iran, particularly in regard to provision numbered 2 of the above message.” (741.9111/25).