A leading hostage-taker in U.S. embassy takeover accompanies Khatami on New York trip

Saeid Hajjarian, a member of the delegation accompanying Khatami to New York, was one of the key leaders of the hostage-takers who seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took U.S. citizens hostage in November 1979, according to reports from Iran.

Hajjarian, currently Khatami's political adviser and deputy director of the Center for Strategic Research, was one of the principal persons involved in the attack on the embassy and personally took part in the hostage-taking.

In subsequent years, as a prominent figure in the Line of the Imam faction, he played an active role in the mullahs' terrorist schemes and activities.

The fact that the U.S. issued visas for such notorious terrorists as Hajjarian, who has played a direct role in hostage-taking and terrorism, assures the mullahs and their terrorist agents that they can carry out their terrorist crimes with impunity, further emboldening them to continue such crimes in and out of Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 21, 1998

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