30. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), to President Nixon1 2
- Background on Shah’s Oil Proposals
Clark Mollenhoff in the attached explains some of the background of the Shah’s proposals for the US-import of Iranian oil. He understands that he has been oversold on this project by a group of American entrepreneurs now represented by Herbert Brownell. He points out the domestic political risk of a decision on oil import policy that seemed to favor one of Mr. Brownell’s clients.
The background Clark describes is consistent with my information.
I would only add that the Shah has now made these proposals very much his own. He is not just the dupe of American entrepreneurs, although they may not have been straightforward with him in describing the US difficulty in changing oil import policy. I have tried to keep Herb Brownell informed on our side of the problem, but he has apparently not succeeded in dampening the Shah’s enthusiasm if he has tried.[Page 2]
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 920, VIP Visits Shah, Washington, DC, 10/21–10/23/69. No classification marking. Sent for information. Nixon wrote on the memo, “Get this done by the companies if possible—not by a change of quota.” Saunders indicated on an attached covering memorandum that Mollenhoff’s views on the proposal were “consistent with our own.” The covering memorandum is not published.↩
- Kissinger advised Nixon about the Shah’s plan to sell oil to the United States, and attached a memorandum from CLARK MOLLENHOFF explaining the background to the proposal.↩