Soviet Ultimatum on Assistance to Iran Reported

Top Secret CIA Bulletin: December 9, 1951

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A heavily excised excerpt from a CIA bulletin in the middle of the Cold War.

CIA Documents | IRAN 1951-1979

9 December 1951

Office of Current Intelligence


2. Soviet ultimatum on assistance to Iran reported:

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The USSR allegedly has intimated to the Iranians that they will be given until 11 December to decide whether to “ask for Soviet assistance.”

Comment: This warning undoubtedly refers to a Soviet offer made in September to provide Iran with economic assistance and qualified oil technicians. While it is possible that the USSR is applying pressure to conclude such an agreement, it is unlikely that the Iranians will respond. Furthermore, the ultimate aims of the Soviet Union could hardly be furthered by closing the door on negotiations.

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• Declassified by the Central Intelligence Agency on December 3, 2003.

[Annotations by Arash Norouzi]


Related links:

Iranian Oil Commission Head Refuses to Return to Abadan | CIA, Oct. 12, 1951

Dumping Iran’s Oil Into Lap of Soviet Union | Boston Globe, Sept. 19, 1951

Danger of Soviet Capture Grows Greater in Iran | Stewart Alsop, Dec. 7, 1951

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