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Cablegate: Rafsanjani April 21 Sermon On Alleged

R 251455Z APR 89
FM AMEMBASSY BERN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 8542

UNCLAS BERN 02718

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

FOR NEA/NGA

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PROP IR SZ US
SUBJECT: RAFSANJANI APRIL 21 SERMON ON ALLEGED
ESPIONAGE BY US

1. SWISS FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
PROVIDED EMBASSY ON APRIL 25 WITH AN ENGLISH
TRANSLATION BY U.S. INTERESTS SECTION OF SWISS
EMBASSY IN TEHRAN OF RAFSANJANI'S APRIL 21
FRIDAY MESSAGE WHICH DESCRIBED AN ALLEGED U.S.
ESPIONAGE RING IN IRAN. DOCUMENT RUNS ABOUT
THREE DOUBLE-SPACED PAGES, ALMOST ENTIRELY IN
DIRECT QUOTATIONS. SOURCE IS NOT CITED.

2. U.S. INTERESTS SECTION ALSO PROVIDED A ONE-
PAGE TRANSLATION OF A COMMENTARY ON THIS CHARGE
BY THE IRANIAN NEWSPAPER "ETTELAAT" OF APRIL 22.

3. BOTH DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN POUCHED NEA/NGA
FOR POSSIBLE BACKGROUND USE IF NOT AVAILABLE
FROM OTHER SOURCES.


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