PERSIA: Null & Void

In April 1946, while Russian troops occupied Persia's northern province of Azerbaijan, Premier Ahmad Gavam notified Ivan V. Sadchikov, Russian Ambassador to Persia, that the Persian Government agreed that the two Governments should establish a joint company "to explore and exploit oil-producing territories" in northern Persia.

Last week (one year behind schedule), Gavam reported on the oil negotiations to the Majlis (Parliament), whose consent is necessary for any foreign exploitation of Persian oil. He clearly implied that the Russian had held a pistol at his head in 1946. Now the pistol was gone, and Persia was sure of U.S. friendship....

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