Memorandum by the Acting
Secretary of State to the President
- Iranian Oil Problem
Attached is a suggested letter which you may wish to send to the Department of State. This letter is designed to carry out the decisions which you made on November 7 in endorsing a memorandum in respect of the decisions necessary to move forward towards a solution of the Iranian dispute.
Since last I talked with you on this subject, we have had further conversations with the British which make it appear probable that [Page 539] the participation of our major oil companies will be necessary if we are to achieve a solution of the Iranian oil problem.
- At the bottom of the record copy of this memorandum appears the handwritten notation, “OK H.S.T.”↩
- On Dec. 3, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Linder addressed letters to Attorney General McGranery, Defense Production Administrator Fowler, Defense Materials Procurement Agency Administrator Larson, and Secretary of the Interior Chapman informing them of the President’s decision to proceed under Sections 708(a) and (b) of the Defense Production Act of 1950 as amended and enclosing for their information copies of the President’s memorandum of Nov. 26 addressed to the Secretary of State. (888.2553/11–2652) The text of the Dec, 3 letter to McGranery is in The International Petroleum Cartel, the Iranian Consortium and U.S. National Security, prepared for use of the Subcommittee on Multinational Corporations of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Feb. 21, 1974 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1974), p. 25.↩