In Iran there has been a sudden acceleration in the country's Islamicisation plans following tough statements by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini who has urged the government to eradicate all remnants of the former Shah's regime.
CU Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh speaking to reporter.
GV Demonstrators in street with women and men arguing. (5 SHOTS)
CHISHOLM: "The Majlis is expected to be operating within two weeks. How soon after the Majlis is complete do you think the hostage crisis will be discussed?"
QOTBZADEH: "Well I hope soon. It's the first problem facing Majlis is the formation of a Government and I think one of the priorities of our subjects is one of the first priorities is the concern of hostages and I hope that we will do this as soon as possible."
CHISHOLM: "Sir, the Majlis is dominated by members of the Islamic Republican Party and you seem to have clashed with the party on more than one occasion. Does the fact the party does dominate the Majlis worry you?"
QOTBZADEH: "No the difference of the viewpoint being expressed among us and it doesn't mean we have any problems in the major issues. Therefore that doesn't bother me because we have trying to resolve the problem in a peaceful and honourable manner and I think that they will do that as well."
CHISHOLM: "You don't foresee a power struggle looming?"
QOTBZADEH: "No I don't think so."
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Background: In Iran there has been a sudden acceleration in the country's Islamicisation plans following tough statements by revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini who has urged the government to eradicate all remnants of the former Shah's regime. Meanwhile Iranian foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh has told Visnews reporter Scott Chisholm that the hostage issue will be dealt with as soon as possible when the Majlis or Iranian parliament opens.
SYNOPSIS: While Mr. Qotbzadeh is looking Majlis, these women braved official scorn by protesting in front of the presidential office on Thursday (3 July) at the revived campaign to make female workers wear Islamic dress.
One of the protesters called the Iranian administration a dictatorship which was trying to force women out off their jobs and back into the kitchen. The armed forces and most ministers and Government offices have told women employees to switch to what they called suitable Islamic clothing from next Saturday (5 July). The women in the demonstration were jeered but shouted back. One suggested the men should wear the dark face-covering veils they want women to wear.