IRAN: Huff from the North

Almost as a side thought, Nikita Khrushchev interrupted his word war for Berlin to threaten the Shah of Iran for "insulting" the Soviet Union. The effect was no side issue in Teheran. In a misconceived maneuver during negotiations for Iran's new bilateral agreement with the U.S., the Shah had invited his Soviet neighbors to make him a counteroffer—and then sent them away emptyhanded. "Iran treated us as if we were Luxembourg," huffed Soviet Ambassador Nikolai Pegov. Khrushchev centered all his abuse on the Shah and the Shah alone. "He fears not us...

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