Secretary Dulles held a press conference on July 28. In response to a reporter’s question about the growing strength of the Tudeh Party in Iran, the Secretary replied as follows:
“Recent developments in Iran, especially the growing activity of the illegal Communist party, which appears to be tolerated by the Iranian Government have caused us concern. These developments make it more difficult for the United States to give assistance to Iran so long as its government tolerates this sort of activity.”
The text of the Secretary’s statement is printed in Department of State Bulletin, August 10, 1953, page 178.