In Iran Communist Party leader Nur-E-Din Kianouri has predicted a winter of regional unrest but dismissed the possibility of a civil war.
CU Nur-E-Din Kianouri seated at desk speaking in French
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Background: In Iran Communist Party leader Nur-E-Din Kianouri has predicted a winter of regional unrest but dismissed the possibility of a civil war. Mr. Kianouri returned from exile in Eastern Europe after the overthrow of the Shah last February. On Monday (8 October) he held his first press conference in Iran??? since the Islamic authorities relaxed their ban on the Tudeh party's activities.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kianouri told newsmen that he thought the army was too disunited to attempt a coup. So that While fighting in the ethnic regions like Kurdistan, Khuzestan and Baluchistan might get fiercer during the winter, he did not think it would turn into a nationwide civil war.
Mr. Kianouri said his Communist Tudeh party had not received assurances from either the civil or religious authorities in Iran about the party's political activities but he considered the lifting of the ban on his party's newspaper as a kind of recognition of the Communists. The Tudeh party was banned in 1949, but only went completely underground in 1953. It surfaced again immediately after the February Revolution and Mr. Kianouri and the rest of the party leadership returned to iran in May.
Mr. Kianouri said one serious persecution suffered by his party in the last few weeks had been outside Teheran, in the Western Kurdish region where two of his members were arrested and shot within hours in Kermsanshah without being given a proper trial.