105. Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Greek, Turkish, and Iranian Affairs (Richards) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs (Byroade)1

Suggestions Regarding Certain CIA Actions Concerning Iran

During a conversation between Mr. Kermit Roosevelt, [name not declassified], Mr. Jernegan and officers of GTI, certain suggestions were made regarding aspects of CIA action to prepare for possible developments in Iran.

1. In case of chaos or civil war in Iran, the United States might desire to support armed action by “friendly” tribal, army or government elements. To prepare for such possible action CIA will need to stockpile weapons and ammunition near but not in Iran. In view of the ominous course of events in Iran it seems desirable that such stockpiling be commenced urgently and a policy decision on this matter is desired.

2. [2½ lines not declassified] It would probably be useful for CIA to respond favorably to this offer but policy authorization from the State Department must be obtained.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, GTI Files, Lot 57 D 529, Box 40. Top Secret; Security Information. Drafted by Stutesman.