The President of the United States Mr. Carter says his government is ready to work?
SV President Carter speaking in English, with reports asking questions (10 SHOTS)
CARTER: "We hope that the differences that have divided the people of Iran for so many months can now be ended. As has been the case throughout this period, we have been in touch with those in control of the government of Iran, and we stand ready to work with them. Our goals are now as they have been for the past few months: to ensure the safety of Americans in Iran, to minimise bloodshed and violence, to ensure that Iran is militarily capable of protecting her independence and her territorial integrity, to prevent interference or intervention in the internal affairs of Iran by any outside power, and to honour the will of the Iranian people."
REPORTER: "Do you think it was a mistake for you to embrace the Bakhtiar government as you did?"
CARTER: "Well obviously, had we had an exact prediction of what was going to happen, it is not the policy of our government to go into the internal affairs of another people, or country, to try to determine who should be their leaders. This is contrary to the philosophy of our people...I think we have tried it once in the past, in vietnam, and it failed abominably, and I think that no-one in this country in any responsibility wants to do that to a country including Iran. We have worked with the existing government. We worked closely with the Shah when he was in his office, we have worked with Bakhtiar who was chosen as you know by the Iranian parliament in accordance with its constitutional provisions, and now Dr. Bakhtiar has resigned and Mr. Bazargan......is the Prime Minister and the majlis, the Parliament, has also resigned. We will attempt to work closely with the existing government."
REPORTER: "Vice-premier Teng (Deng) of China was in the United States.... he made a number of anti-Soviet statements, particularly on several occasions he said that the Soviets were seeking world domination. I wonder of you agree with that statement?"
CARTER: "I have never sought to exercise censorship on a head of state or major official who came to our country. The position and attitude of the Chinese towards the Soviet Union have been very apparent to all of us for many years. We have some areas where we disagree with the assessment of the Soviet Union as expressed by Mr. Teng. Our purpose. our goal, I would say perhaps the most important responsibility I have on my shoulder as president, is to preserve peace in the world and especially to have good sound relationships with the Soviet Union based on a common desire for peace which I am sure they share. We are working now every day to try to hammer out a SALT agreement with the Soviet Union. They have negotiated in good faith, so have we. This Does not mean however that there are not areas of contention and areas where we have peaceful competition with the Soviet Union. This is expectable, and I think it will continue for many years into the future."
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Background: The President of the United States Mr. Carter says his government is ready to work closely with the existing government in Iran. The State Department said this means the United States is moving towards the establishment of normal diplomatic relations with the new government. The president called on citizens to conserve energy to offset the decline in Iranian oil imports. He spoke at a press conference shortly after Dr. Mehdi Bazargan moved into the Prime Minister's office in Teheran following the resignation of Dr. Shapur Bakhtiar's government.