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    In Iran, former foreign minister Sadeq Qutbzadeh has cited the question of the U.S. hostages as an example of how radicals must finally face up to reality.

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    CU Iran's former foreign minister, Mr. Sadeq Quotbzadeh speaking in English (2 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: QUTBZADEH: "The young generation thought that the only way of resolving it was through radicalisation. So confronting with that trend and that way of thinking we had to see whether to suppress it or to let it go. To suppress it, it needed to establish its own distinct leadership, but to let it go so that the people can examine this solidarisation, I think it was the only way we could possibly find, to preserve the democracy later on, so we let them go. One of the very vivid examples of this, the question of the hostages, shows that the (indistinct) say exactly the same thing and we are in a much better position. The same people now are working to resolve these problems they were opposing and accusing us of being pro-American. But I wrote my letter to the Parliament two weeks ago -- two and half months ago (as heard).

    "And the reality of the things are different. Well the problem of playing politics also is the case, but nevertheless, I say this radicalisation welcomes, faces the reality of events. It has to change itself or be destroyed. So that is precisely why myself had argued, let them go to the government first, before they -- instead of confronting them, let them go to the government, take the responsibilities and at that time you will see there are a big difference in them. I hope we will get rid of this radicalisation and come to the reality of the problems."

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    Background: In Iran, former foreign minister Sadeq Qutbzadeh has cited the question of the U.S. hostages as an example of how radicals must finally face up to reality. In an interview with Swedish television shortly before his arrest on Saturday (8 November) after he had criticised the running of the State Broadcasting Service, he said that radicalism, when faced with reality, had either to change or to succumb. that was why he said, he thought the radicals should take government responsibility, so that they could face up to reality. He said that when he first suggested the hostages should be released, he had been accused of being pro-American. Now though, he has been arrested and taken to prison after criticising the role of the dominant Islamic Republican Party (IRP) in the running of the broadcasting service. This is what he had to say to a Swedish Television correspondent about the radicals' view of Iran's situation.

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