More Snark on Iran

July 19, 1951 — J.E. Jones

The Mossadegh Project | January 27, 2013                    

Iran never ‘refused’ to resume oil production, nor did any Russian technicians ever assist in Abadan. Mossadegh himself said they would never be accepted.

Veteran Washington correspondent J.E. Jones — Thursday, July 19, 1951:

Iran Refuses To Produce Oil At Home —
Will Spread More Here!

As the management of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company planned to close down the seventh of the ten distillation units at the world-famous Abadan refinery in Iran, the Iranians proudly announced plans for a new embassy in Washington.

With the golden flow of oil cut to a trickle, and the Iranians refusing to take over oil production responsibilities, even where the British have requested them to do so, we can’t help wondering how they expect to pay for the “modernized interpretation of Iranian architecture” that two American architects have promised the capital.

The British believe the Iranian indifference toward assuming the new responsibilities they have forced on themselves is due to their complete lack of know-how. But it may only be because the Russian technicians haven’t arrived yet!


Related links:

British To Stay in Iran, Produce Nationalized Oil, Washington Hopes — J.E. Jones (June 1951)

“Broken Weekend” May Break British-Iranian Deadlock — J.E. Jones, August 9, 1951

Iranian Oil Important | The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, April 14, 1953

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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