701.9491/20: Telegram

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

103. Prime Minister informs me he will notify Japanese Minister this afternoon that his entire Legation must leave Iran without delay.

Majlis in secret session April 8 approved expulsion of Japanese but with proviso that consent of Russians be obtained. This unnecessary injection of Soviets into picture was apparently another of the delaying tactics in which Iranians have been indulging in this matter. When Soviet Ambassador refused to make formal commitment in this regard British Minister made it clear to Prime Minister that he considered conditional Majlis approval unsatisfactory. Prime Minister therefore promises positive action today regardless of Soviet attitude. In view of this development I shall refrain from delivering the note suggested in Department’s No. 85, April 10, 2 p.m. unless Prime Minister fails to take the promised action.