Assassination Fears? Perhaps...
Robert S. Allen — August 27, 1951

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project
| December 23, 2012     


Robert S. Allen Inside Washington, a column covering domestic and international political happenings by Robert Sharon Allen (1900-1981) ran in U.S. newspapers for 31 straight years.

This excerpt from one such column quotes an alleged exchange between Premier Mossadegh and W. Averell Harriman, the U.S. mediator during the negotiations over the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's holdings in Abadan.



INSIDE WASHINGTON
[excerpt from Monday, August 27, 1951 column]

By Robert S. Allen

SCARED TO DEATH

Inside reason for Iranian Premier Mossadegh's irreconcilable attitude is that he's scared stiff he will be murdered if he agrees to anything. He admitted that frankly to U.S. Arbiter Averill Harriman [sic — Averell] during one of their late-at-night talks. Harriman had chided Mossadegh for his uncompromising rejection of all proposals.

“The only way agreements are reached is by both sides making concessions,” said Harriman sternly.

The British have made many, but you have made none. That is not a fair or reasonable attitude.”

“You do not understand,” protested Mossadegh. “I would be assassinated within 24 hours if I accept a British proposal.”





Related links:

"Terror in Iran" — The Knickerbocker News, Augut 9, 1952

"British Policies Irk Truman" — Inside Washington, December 20, 1951

"Deadlock in Iran" — U.S. Propaganda, September 17, 1951



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