[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:] Post-e Iran
[Date:] Saturday 7 Khordad 1362, 28 May 1983
[Issue No:] 150
West Answers to the Green Light of Khomeini
Reagan’s letter to Khomeini
Envoys of Iran and the United States met in Algeria
The president of the United States, in addition to requesting pardon for 12 Baha’is, asked Khomeini to forget the past.
“As a religious leader, you have always been the cause of our respect.”
Last week, the president of the United States, Mr. Reagan, in a letter addressed to Khomeini, asked him to refrain from killing 12 Baha’is who have been condemned to death. According to the observers, the letter from President Reagan is in fact the first reaction of the highest-ranking United States against the recent opposite Russian[-influenced] actions of the regime.
In reality, by sending this letter, Reagan has opened a door to an amicable relationship, after this has been locked for four years.
Reagan, in his letter addressed to Khomeini, after using wording such as “To the threshold of His Holiness, Grand Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, leader of the Iranian Revolution” and pointing to the religious nature of Khomeini and the struggle of religions to save humanity from pain, suffering and much bewilderment and confusion, wrote: “As I have heard, up to now close to 120 Baha’is have been executed from the early days of the Revolution and the lives of 12 more are in danger; therefore, considering your rank, I plead with you to pardon these 12.”
The president of the United States, without pointing to the thousands of Iranians who have been killed by the executioners, tortured or imprisoned, and without having written any similar letters to save the lives of thirty thousand (30,000) youth executed in the last three years, suddenly became the captive of philanthropic feelings, for the arrest and prosecution of their masses, and wrote to the head [sic] of the backward fascist ruler, addressing him as “religious leader”. In any case, the observers of the Iranian case during the last week have predicted the normalization of the Tehran and Washington relationship as “possible”.
As one of the observers has written, during the recent weeks, conversations in the Hague between the two countries have surpassed the limits of repayment of indemnification to the United States institutions by Iran and the release of one billion [dollars] of Iranian monies [held in the United States], and the envoys of Iran and the United States in Geneva and Frankfurt have conducted important consultations and discussions regarding the future mutual relationship and the possibilities of the sale of United States armaments to Iran.
The United States government, which has so far been the concern of the Communist influence in Iran, and now that the formal Communists have been put aside, does not see any hindrance to talking to the usurping government of Tehran and with the use of their agents within the [Iranian] regime, spreading again their rule in Iran.