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[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Sunday 24 Azar 1364 – 2 Rabi 'ath-Thani 1406 - 15 December 1985

[Issue No.:] 17763

[Page:] 3


Minister for Foreign Affairs Condemns Resolution of United Nations General Assembly.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs:  In the Islamic Republic of Iran, no one is prosecuted solely for their beliefs except for [those] who are engaging in conspiracy.  Our relationship with those countries that voted against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the United Nations General Assembly will be re-evaluated.

The aim of the initiators of this Resolution is not to protect human rights, but rather to create and impose political pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran.  We do not consider the General Assembly as [a symbol of] Assemblies [international organizations] that are treading a path towards the fulfilment of justice.

Those third world countries that accept the domination of the “Superpowers”, are protected from those aggravating moves; otherwise, they would be exposed to propaganda and psychological warfare.

… The Minister for Foreign Affairs added: We have indisputable proof that governments such as America openly support those individuals and even Baha’is who are acting as spies and agents of Zionism in our country and that they have done so actively in America and in some of the western countries that are opponents of the Islamic Republic….