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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.