Iran's Shi'ite Moslem leader, the Ayatollah Khomeiny, has threatened a Holy War if the Government of Dr.
TV Ayatollah Khomeiny takes seat on stage, surrounded by newsmen (4 shots)
CU Ayatollah Khomeiny speaking in Farsi
TV Spokesman interpreting statement into English
TV Newsmen around stage
CU Spokesman interviewed by BBC reporter Simon Dring
GV AND CU INT Khomeiny waving to crowds outside window and sits down on floor before rising to wave to crowd again (3 shots)
AIDE: "The Shah was illegal and we cannot accept this government. The whole nation has given voice to depose the Shah and monarchy. Therefore we do not accept the present Parliament and we do not consider the present Government legal and this Government should step aside."
AIDE: "Now if these modes of the struggle fail to bring down the expected result then obviously we have to take up arms and fight."
DRING: "This is the threat you are holding up over the head of the army?"
AIDE: "It is not just a threat. That is the truth that we are just announcing."
REPORTER: SIMON DRING
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Background: Iran's Shi'ite Moslem leader, the Ayatollah Khomeiny, has threatened a Holy War if the Government of Dr. Bakhtiar does not stand aside for his proposed Islamic Republic.
SYNOPSIS: The Ayatollah gave his first news conference after returning from exile, in Teheran on Saturday (3 February). He spoke in Farsi which was interpreted by an aide who was later interviewed.
The Ayatollah said he'd already formed his Revolutionary Council, which would appoint a provisional government very soon.
It was the exiled Ayatollah's opposition to the Shah which became the focus for the movement which finally convinced the Shah he should leave Iran. The Iranian Prime Minister, Dr Bakhtiar reacted to the Ayatollah's statement by saying he would now bow to violence, marches and molotov cocktails. He said his government would reply to bullets with bullets if the Ayatollah's supporters took up weapons. Dr. Bakhtiar did hint at the possibility of a ballot as one political solution to the deadlock. He said he would not tolerate two governments in the country, and whoever won the ballot could run the country.