American comedian and civil rights campaigner Dick Gregory has returned home after being forced to end his hunger strike in Iran.
GV AND PULL BACK Dick Gregory, American comedian and civil rights campaigner, listening to reporter's questions and answering in Teheran, Iran
MOLAI: "Mr Gregory can you tell me please why are you leaving Iran?"
GREGORY: "I have been here now almost five months, and when I came here I said I was here to ask and pray that the problem that's been created between America and this country would be solved peacefully and non-violently, and I wouldn't become an embarrassment to this country. I have an infected tooth that's given me a lot of trouble, and I wouldn't want anything to happen to me here where someone would think, you know, it was more involved than what it was. So i'm going home to get tooth fixed.
MOLAI: "Why did you break your hunger strike?"
GREGORY: "I haven't. I will continue this. I will, I get back to America. I intend to go from New York City to the White House by foot, walking, and then sit in front of the White House as a prayer of vigilance."
MOLAI: "What is your idea about the American Government?"
GREGORY: "I didn't hear you."
MOLAI: "What is your idea about ...what's your idea about the American Government?"
GREGORY: "The same as the rest of the super powers, they determine what life is going to be like on this planet, will determine when World War Three is going to happen, and when its not going to happen, and we, the little people on this planet, cannot tolerate it no more. We have to say to the supper powers that this is just as much our planet as it is yours, and a handful of people is not going to determine when a nuclear war is going to happen, and when its not, and when the masses of the people rise up and say this belongs to all of us then it'll change it."
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Background: American comedian and civil rights campaigner Dick Gregory has returned home after being forced to end his hunger strike in Iran. He was hoping to resolve the American hostage crisis, but after three months, a badly infected tooth brought an end to his fast. His weight dropped from 157 pounds (71 kilograms) to about one hundred pounds. (45 kilograms). Bahram Molai talked to mr Gregory as he left Iran.