Leakspin #72 Tehran 1164


ID: 72 Tehran 1164.
Date: 25th of Febuary, 1972.
class: unclassified.

from: US embassy tehran.
to: Secretary of state, Washington DC.

GENERAL AZIMI, MINISTER OF WAR, ON INSTRUCTION OF SHAH ASKS THAT
WE TAKE ANOTHER HARD LOOK AT F-4E PRODUCTION LINE IN ORDER
ACCELERATE DELIVERY OF ONE SQUADRON OF F-4ES TO IRAN IN 1972.
REQUEST REFLECTS SHAH’S INCREASING CONCERN OVER SOVIET AMBITIONS
IN AREA AND ESPECIALLY THREAT SHAH SEES TO IRAN OF FRIENDSHIP
TREATY UNDER CONSIDERATION BY IRAQ AND USSR. SHAH RECOGNIZES
PROBLEMS THIS POSES FOR US BUT IS TURNING TO USG WITH THIS
REQUEST TO GIVE IRAN HIGHER PRIORITY ON FA-4E PRODUCTION
SCHEDULE BECAUSE HE REGARDS US AS MOST DEPENDABLE FRIEND.

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