Neauphle-le-Château, Paris, France

Neauphle-le-Château, Paris, France

ID: 41949 | Date: 2015/12/08



Date:  October 12, 1978 [Mehr 20, 1357 AHS / Dhul-Qadah 9, 1398 AH]

Place:  Neauphle-le-Château,  Paris France

Subject:  The future of the Islamic government of  Iran

Interviewers:  BBC correspondents and those of the British commercial television in    Paris



We are hopeful that the campaign of the Iranians for their rights, and the    way it has burgeoned, will not require an armed uprising. However, if it    becomes prolonged—what with all the opposition and disputes—and if the    Shah is obstinate enough to remain in  Iran , it is possible that we well    reconsider the matter of an armed insurrection. 


Question:  [When David Pearman and I went to  Paris  last week Ayatullah    Khomeini explained the matter further in an interview with the BBC Persian    Service.]

Answer:  This regime must be dismantled, and, after that, somebody chosen    by a referendum must take over to run the country temporarily. A Majlis      must be formed by means of general elections, and all the laws enacted by it     and the issues thrashed out in it must be in accordance with the people’s     wishes. And the transition; it is but natural for there to be a change from an    illegitimate government and monarchy to a legitimate government. 


Q:  [Sir, will you kindly explain what is meant by Islamic government of the    Islamic Republic? Many people in  Iran  have stated that they wish to revert to    the Constitution of Iran. Will you be kind enough to shed light on this    matter?]

A:  Reverting to the Constitution means reverting to the vile monarchy which    is an archaic and reactionary system; so this is not possible. Those who want    to do so are in a minority, whereas the whole nation is clamoring for an    Islamic government. An Islamic regime and an Islamic republic are    dependent on the popular vote of the people and a general referendum. Its    constitution is Islamic and must conform to the laws of Islam which are the    most progressive of laws. Those parts of the Constitution that conform to    these progressive precepts will be retained, and those that are contrary to    these lack legitimacy according to the dictates of the Constitution itself. And    as most of the acts had been imposed by force, they must be annulled.


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Q:  [What kind of ties will you have with the West and the communist    countries?]

A:  Our relations with the West will be equitable; neither will we allow any    oppression on their part and nor will we oppress them. Our relations will be    based on mutual respect. If they act likewise and do not impose on us; if they    revise their policies toward us—in fact, the East—we will have excellent    relations with them as also commercial dealings. This would be according to    our interests, not something that is imposed on us or is only to their own    interests. With regard to the communists, as they have had malicious intent    toward our country, we cannot have relations with them unless they desist    from what they have been doing. The communists in  Iran  must return to the    fold of the nation and Islam so that we behave with them equitably as well.    However, if they persist in their old ways or the days of the Tudeh and    commit treason against the country 1 [1]  we will adopt a different policy toward    them.








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  • Tudeh Party is regarded as being one of the main factors in the overthrow of Dr. Muhammad Musaddiq’s government in the coup d’état of Mordad 28, 1332 AHS [August 19, 1953].