Khamenei: Our country's officials view the U.S. as the enemy
Fearing the spread of resistance, mullahs' leader urges security and military forces to intensify crackdown

Due to unbridled infighting among the rival factions, more than 40 days after the mullahs' election masquerade the results have not yet been announced. In a speech in Mashad (northeast Iran) yesterday, mullahs' Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed fear over "the undermining of national security" and the spread of the resistance's activities and popular uprisings.

He said that some people "were trying to make workplaces and campuses insecure... and prevent the labor force from engaging in constructive work in the country through strikes and similar actions... One goal pursued by the enemy is wreaking insecurity in the universities and fomenting unrest or civil disturbances similar to the those on July 12 and 13, 1999 in Tehran, when cars were set on fire and windows [of buildings] were shattered."

Khamenei threatened that in such circumstances, "security and military forces and the [paramilitary] Bassij will not remain idle."

In his speech yesterday, Khamenei rebuffed the U.S. State Department's policy of appeasement and the bewildering lies by the Department's spokesman about the Iranian Resistance that were only designed to mollify the criminal mullahs. He said: "The country's officials look at the U.S. as the enemy," adding that the issue between the U.S. and the regime was not the removal of the "wall of mistrust." "Our nation views the U.S. government as its enemy," Khamenei emphasized.

In a direct reference to Khatami, the mullahs' leader added: "Some clergymen who are also political figures must not make remarks which would make one faction vengeful toward the other. They should not incite problems. At present, sewing discord and creating mistrust among the people are part of a scheme the enemy has devised for this nation."

Angered over the Mojahedin's exposure of a video recording of inhuman punishments, including gouging out eyes and amputating hands, he again called for the implementation of such punishments: "Deviant individuals who create insecurity should not be punished only by spending a few days in prison... Heavier punishments should be meted out." Addressing the mullahs' henchmen and torturers, he said: "You should not be deterred by worldwide reaction and propaganda campaign."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 26, 2000

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