Mullahs' Foreign Minister: Death decree for Salman Rushdie unalterable

In an interview with CNN during the U.N. General Assembly session in New York, Kamal Kharrazi, the mullahs' new Foreign Minister, expressed support for the death decree for Salman Rushdie.

Commenting on this issue for the first time after being appointed the Foreign Minister, Kharrazi said that this fatwa would never be revoked and remains in force for ever. He described it as an appropriate response by Khomeini, adding: We regard Salman Rushdie as "the symbol of the Western insult towards Islam."

The emphasis by the mullahs' new Foreign Minister on the need to murder Salman Rushdie reaffirms that the export of terrorism and fundamentalism is an indispensable principle of the ruling theocracy's foreign policy, just as reliance on brutal repression constitutes the pillar of its reign inside Iran.

Since Khatami became president in August, at least 46 people have been hanged in public in Tehran and other cities.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran again calls on the international community, especially the European Union, to adopt a firm policy against the irreformable regime ruling Iran. Any form of leniency and diplomatic and economic ties with the criminal mullahs encourage this regime in domestic repression and export of terrorism. This policy is despised by the conscientious people in Europe.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
September 25, 1997

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