Hoping For Peace
Pres. Truman Press Conference | Sept. 27, 1951

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project | December 18, 2021                     


U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

Excerpts from a press conference held by President Harry S. Truman pertaining to Iran.

Harry Truman letters, speeches, etc.



¶ The President’s News Conference of September 27, 1951


[6.] Mr. President, are you hopeful of a peaceful solution to the Iranian difficulties?

THE PRESIDENT. Yes, I am. I’m always hoping for peace everywhere in the world. Sometimes that hope never comes to fruition, but I still hope for it.




[10.] Q. Mr. President, are there any plans for Mr. Harriman to return to Tehran in the near future? [Averell Harriman, Special Assistant to the President]

THE PRESIDENT. No.




[15.] Q. Mr. President, would you say anything about your exchanges between the British Prime Minister on the Iranian situation? [Clement Attlee]

THE PRESIDENT. No, I can’t.

Q. I didn’t catch the question.

THE PRESIDENT. He wanted to know if I can say anything about the exchanges between the British Prime Minister and myself on Iran, and I said I couldn’t make any comment on it.




NOTE: President Truman’s 280th two hundred and eightieth news conference was held in the Indian Treaty Room (Room 474) in the Executive Office Building at 4pm on Thursday, September 27, 1951.


• Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1951

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