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[Newspaper:] Tehran Times
[Date:] Thursday, 26 May 1983 – 5 Khordad 1362
US interference in Iran's affairs denounced
Tehran (IRNA) – A spokesman of Iran's Foreign Ministry said here yesterday that Ronald Reagan's call upon Islamic government for tolerating members of the Baha'i sect and exonerating them is regarded as interference in the internal affairs of Iran and as such without value.
He noted that the Islamic government never prosecutes anybody on grounds of his personal beliefs, no matter what, and it respects the freedom of the individuals.
The spokesman added that the group of Baha'i sect whose exoneration had been requested by Reagan were not being tried for their personal beliefs or attachment to any specific creed but rather for their connection with the world Zionism and on charges of espionage for the enemies of Moslems. He noted that the Islamic government is relentless against spies under whatever mask they may conceal their faces, and that those of the Baha'is who have connection with the Zionists are no exception to this rule. …
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