In his visit to Switzerland, Kharrazi is being accompanied by Massoumeh Ebtekar, advisor to the mullahs' President, Khatami. The New York Times yesterday published an interview with Ebtekar in which she admitted to have been the spokeswoman for the hostage-takers who occupied the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
The European Union suspended critical dialogue with the mullahs' regime and banned all meetings with its officials on ministerial level on April 29, after the Federal Court in Berlin implicated the leadership of the Iranian regime in the assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad. Since then, there have been no positive changes in the behavior of the mullahs' regime. On the contrary, executions and stoning in public, and assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad have taken on greater dimensions. Khatami and Kharrazi have time and again reiterated that the death decree for Salman Rushdie is irrevocable and that they oppose Middle East peace. The build-up of weapons of mass destruction, efforts to obtain nuclear technology, and export of terrorism and fundamentalism continue to remain the official policies of the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship.
The dramatic rise in feuding within the mullahs' regime, the failure of the regime's economic plans, as well as the increasing growth of popular resistance in Iran have pushed the clerical regime to the brink. Any political and economic investment in this regime is therefore doomed to fail.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 30, 1998