An “Insult” to the Nation
September 9, 1954 — Associated Press (AP)

The Mossadegh Project | March 1, 2012                                                          

Dr. Mossadegh reacts to the consortium agreement, signed by eight international oil companies.

Iran Oil Consortium | Archive of Documents (1953-1954)


TEHERAN, IRAN, Sept. 9 (AP) — Former Premier Mohammed Mossadegh has called Iran’s new oil pact an “insult” to the nation.

In a handwritten brief addressed to the Shah and the Supreme Court, and made public today, Dr. Mossadegh said the pact means “the enslavement of my country for forty years.”

He alleged the international eight-company oil consortium that recently concluded this pact with Iran was wholly controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the British company whose holdings Dr. Mossadegh nationalized in 1951. [Later renamed British Petroleum or BP]

Dr. Mossadegh wrote the brief while in his second year of a three-year sentence of solitary confinement for trying to overthrow the Shah. [The verdict was in Dec. 1953, so it was less than a year into his sentence. And he never tried to depose the Shah.]

Divvying Up the Loot: The Iran Oil Consortium Agreement of 1954
Divvying Up the Loot: The Iran Oil Consortium Agreement of 1954


Related links:

Iran Oil Dispute Ends | San Bernardino County Sun, Aug. 9, 1954

Big Iran Paper Hits Mossadegh | Associated Press, May 18, 1952

Iran’s Cry For Dollars | International News Service, Aug. 27, 1953

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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