"Iran Premier Tells Why Talks Failed"
November 14, 1951 - The Associated Press

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AP report from Wednesday, November 14, 1951, during Mossadegh's stay in the United States.



Mossadegh Due to Explain Stand on Oil


AP (The Associated Press) WASHINGTON — (AP) — Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran—who has postponed his trip home—personally explains today why Iran has spurned urgent State Department pleas for a compromise settlement of the bitter Anglo-Iranian oil dispute.

Despite a worsening financial crisis at home Mr. Mossadegh seemed certain to reaffirm his government's determination to nationalize and operate the billion dollar Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. He will speak before the National Press Club.

An announcement last night that Mr. Mossadegh will stay until Sunday instead of leaving tomorrow, as scheduled, raised a thin possibility some last-minute improvement in the negotiations might have developed. There was no direct word from Mr. Mossadegh.

In New York, the Royal Dutch Airlines, which flew Mr. Mossadegh here, said the Iranian leader has arranged for a chartered flight back, but that it had been given no departure date.

There was no explanation why the special flight could not take Mr. Mossadegh to Cairo as easily as to Tehran, leaving tomorrow.

Also last night, the 72-year old Iranian leader was disclosed to have appealed to President Truman last Sunday for American financial aid to tide his country over the impoverishment caused by loss of oil revenues.

The State Department formally declared yesterday that 19 separate talks with Mossadegh during his 21 days here had failed to produce any "new basis" for a solution to the wrangle with Britain.

An embassy spokesman said the three-day delay in Mossadegh's departure was necessary because airline schedules would not permit Mossadegh and his party to leave earlier for Egypt, which he plans to visit enroute home.

Aides said Mossadegh was far from discouraged at the continuing stalemate. They said he was confident he could quiet growing opposition among his political foes when he reached Tehran.

The State Department, which has clamped a "top secret" label on details of its mediation efforts thus far, professed in its announcement that some progress was made during the round of talks.

But Deputy Prime Minister Hassein Fatemi [sic — Hossein] said Mr. Mossadegh in effect had stiffened Iran's attitude.




Related links:

Mossadegh Evokes Liberty In Visit to Philadelphia — October 22, 1951

"Mossadegh a Hero?" — November 26, 1951

"Oil Pact Insults Iran, Mossadegh Says in Jail" — AP, September 9, 1954



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