[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:] Azadegan

[Date:] Wednesday, 28 Farvardin 1364, 26 Rajab 1405 [17 April 1985]

[Issue No:] 1508

[Page:] 11

 

The Secretary of State of the United States of America called the Islamic Revolution “Plague of History”.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of Iran said, “This kind of talk is the continuation of the hostile style and meddling attitude of the [United States] of America (USA) against the Islamic Republic.”

According to this report, [George P.] Shultz, in his speech at the State Department of the [United States of] America, and with presence of the Zionist Council of that country, in expressing his concerns about the repression of the American agents in Iran, said, “We have to support our friends in any possible way we can.” The secretary of state of the United States, who seemed angry at the revolutionary struggles of our nation with [the United States], added, “In Iran all Islamic traditions have been trampled.”

The spokesperson of the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country, in response to Shultz’s speech, [in which he] accused the Islamic Republic of repressing the religious minorities, said, “This kind of talk is the continuation of the hostile style and meddling attitude of America against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which started [at] the beginning of the victory of the Revolution and still continues. Its aim is nothing but tarnishing the dignity of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.”

He added, “The [United States] Department of State attempts to alter the words and take advantage of human aspirations to accuse the Islamic Republic of Iran of violating the rights of the minority religions and to count the colonial Baha’ism as a religion. It is obvious that what concerns Mr. Shultz is not the subject of minority religions in Iran, but the pulverizing attacks and repeated defeats which every day strike the body of American colonization and its puppets in the area, and which have resulted in the loss of America’s credibility in the eyes of the people of the world, especially Muslims.”

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, disapproving of these baseless accusations, emphasized that the trial of these criminals was carried out owing to their illegal action and not because of their beliefs. We consider the remarks of the secretary of state of the United States of America as obvious interference in our internal matters and strongly condemn it.