IRAN: Phone Call

The Iranian protocol officer who deals with the Russians in Teheran felt sure he recognized the voice at the other end of the phone line. The caller said that he was the Soviet embassy's political officer. "You should know," he went on, "that our ambassador attempted suicide." Then the line went dead. The protocol officer, still convinced it was the voice of the Soviet political officer with whom he had talked dozens of times, phoned back. But the political officer denied making the call, denied the suicide story as well, hung up. In spite of the denials, the report...

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