891.00/11–2245: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Iran (Murray)

642. Your telegrams are coming in promptly and are most helpful. Your 978 Nov. 22 just received.

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We are particularly anxious to have as authentic information as it is possible to obtain concerning refusal of Soviet authorities to permit Iranian troops to enter northern zone or to allow those already there to function.

When reports are received that quiet has been restored in individual cities and towns in northern zone, does this mean those localities are in control of insurgents or of central Govt? Can you ascertain what areas are in control of Iranians who do not recognize full authority of Tehran Govt?

First-hand report of American official would naturally be useful.