IRAN: Diplomacy by Blackmail

The familiar deep voice of Premier Mohammed Mossadegh poured out from Radio Teheran one afternoon last week. For 90 minutes the wily old man rambled over the 19 months of Britain-Iranian oil negotiations, then reached his climax: "Iran has done her best, but the British government always obstructed a settlement. They [the British] have thus forced Iran to cut relations with them."

The long-expected rupture of diplomatic relations was here at last. Or was it? London had apparently already accepted it as inevitable. Replying earlier in the week to a note from Mossadegh demanding $56 million at once as...

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