11 ministers in Khatami's cabinet, are former Guards Corps officials, responsible for suppression and warmongering
Five other ministers directly responsible for exporting terrorism and fundamentalism

At least 11 members of Khatami's cabinet, besides being minister or deputy minister in previous governments, have been officials in the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guards Corps) or the Construction Crusade and directly responsible for suppression and warmongering. They include the ministers of the Interior, Education, Oil, Industries, Mines and Metals, Commerce, Housing, Defense, Culture and Higher Education, Energy and the Construction Crusade. The Construction Crusade was until the end of the Iran-Iraq war affiliated with the Guards Corps and completely in the service of the war.

Five other ministers, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Islamic Guidance, Intelligence and Roads and Transportation, have long records of activity in exporting fundamentalism and terrorism.

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said: All cabinet members are among officials and ministers in previous governments and not even one of them are outside of the leadership elite who have been in power in the last 18 years.

He stressed: This cabinet signals continued and stepped-up repression and export of terrorism and demonstrates that Khamenei is neither inclined nor capable of initiating any reform or serious change in the Velayat-e Faqih system.

The NCR President added: Khatami's Presidency and the troika leadership will dramatically intensify the power struggle among various factions within the regime and expedite the trend of developments against the regime and in favor of the Iranian Resistance.

Mullah Abdollah Nouri, the nominee for the Interior Ministry, was Khomeini's representative in the Guards Corps during the Iran-Iraq war. Hossein Mozaffar, the nominee for the Education Ministry, dispatched tens of thousands of elementary and high school students to the war fronts during the war. Gholamreza Shafe'i, the nominee for the Ministry of Industries, was the head of Tehran's fourth district Komiteh which covered a wide area of Tehran. Under Shafe'i's direction, this Komiteh was responsible for the arrest and murder of thousands of dissidents in the 1980s. The Islamic Revolutionary Komitehs were one of the main organs of suppression in the early years of the mullahs' rule but later dissolved in the Guards Corps.

Mohammad Shari'atmadar, the nominee for the Ministry of Commerce, was one of the main organizers of the Intelligence Directorate of the Prime Minister's office and the Islamic Revolutionary Komitehs. He is among the founders of the Intelligence Ministry and for many years was the deputy Minister of Intelligence.

Ali Abdol-ali Zadeh, the nominee for the Minister of Housing, was among the founders of the Komitehs in East Azerbaijan Province and as the deputy for internal security in the province for many years, he was involved in the suppression of the residents. For this reason, he was appointed as the Governor of the province in 1992.

The nominee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kamal Kharrazi, oversaw the export of fundamentalism to the United States during his tenure as the regime's ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Before then, he coordinated the mullahs' war propaganda in and out of Iran through the slogan of Liberating Qods (Jerusalem) via Karbala (in Iraq).

The candidate for the Minister of Islamic Guidance, Ata'ollah Mohajerani, was appointed several years ago by Khamenei as the head of "Committee to Support the Palestinian Revolution." He was a ringleader in a meeting in late 1993, convened to devise plans to assassinate Yasser Arafat.

As Governor of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, Mahmoud Hojjatti, the nominee for the Ministry of Roads and Transportation, was directly responsible for organizing a series of terrorist assaults against Iranian dissidents in Pakistan with the assistance of the Qods Force which is responsible for the Guards Corps' extra-territorial operations.

The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance - Paris
August 13, 1997

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