Eisenhower Library, Dulles papers, “Telephone Conversations”

No. 335
Memorandum of Telephone Conversation, by the Secretary of State

Telephone Conversation With Allen W. Dulles

The Secy called and said in your talk about Iran yesterday at the meeting1 you did not mention the other matter, is it off? AWD said he doesn’t talk about it, it was cleared directly with the President, and is still active.

The Secy asked if that relieved us of trying anything else, or if there was any alternative. AWD is getting up a paper,2 a hint from the Department that we are deeply disturbed at the apparent acquiescence, [Page 738] etc. might help, there is sufficient evidence on the thing, he quoted a statement about the riots in which Mossadegh said you cannot crush the will of the people, look what happened in China.

His paper will be an outline of things that have happened and it would benefit the project if we express apprehension because he is leaning more and more on Tudeh. The Secretary remarked that he hasn’t any other place to lean. AWD said it is moving along reasonably well but the young many [man] may pull out at the last minute, he is an unaccountable character but the sister has agreed to go.

  1. Not further identified.
  2. A copy of this paper is in lot 58 D 776, “Iran 53–55.”