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[Newspaper:] Kayhan International
[Date:] 26 May 1983
Foreign Ministry denounces Washington's interference in Iran's internal affairs
Tehran, May 25 (IRNA) – A spokesman at Iran's Foreign Ministry said here today that Ronald Reagan's call for the Islamic government's tolerance toward members of the Baha'i sect and exonerating them in the face of crime is regarded here as interference in the internal affairs of Iran and as such holds no value.
He noted that the Islamic government never prosecutes anyone on grounds of his personal beliefs, no matter what those beliefs are and it respects the freedom of individuals.
The spokesman added that the group of Baha'is whose pardon had been requested by Reagan were not being tried for their personal beliefs or their attachment to any specific creed but rather for their connection with world Zionism and on charges of espionage for the enemies of Muslims. He noted that the Islamic government does not tolerate spies under whatever masks they may conceal their faces, and that those of the Baha'is who have connection with the Zionists are no exception to this rule.
He noted that this was not the first time Washington was interfering in the internal affairs of Iran.
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