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

47. Your 23, January 8. Department has intimated to Iranian Minister that it would be very difficult for this Government to adhere to a treaty of alliance, and that in any case such a step would unquestionably involve long delay. We have advised him informally, however, that we are considering an executive agreement which would cover the presence of American armed forces in Iran.