[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Iran Times International

[Date:] Friday, 16 Bahman 1360 [5 February 1982]

[Issue No.:] 533

[Page:] 2

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Announced in New York:

There is No Chance of Establishing Political Relationships with the United States of [America].

[Mr.] Ali Akbar Velayati, who has traveled to the United States of [America] to attend the United Nations General Assembly, spoke with the Syrian foreign minister and the deputy foreign minister of Cuba in New York.

 

Picture of [Mr.] Ali Akbar Velayati:

[Notes under the picture]: Ali Akbar Velayati, the rejection of the possibility of renewed relationships with the United States [of America]

 

Washington - ... The minister of foreign affairs predicted in another part of his interview that,
as long as what he called the “sabotage and counter-revolutionary actions” continue in Iran, the Islamic Republic’s regime as a “response to anti-revolution” will continue to execute its opponents. The foreign minister said that the Baha'is who were executed in Iran were “involved in plotting to overthrow the regime” and their executions were not due to their religious beliefs ....