Mr Khamenei called the BBC the "British government propaganda apparatus".

Mr Khamenei called the BBC the “British government propaganda apparatus”.

June 4, 2016

Iran’s Supreme Leader has dismissed a BBC report revealing secret contact between late Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and US presidents before the Iranian revolution.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “Britain has always been hostile to us” and the report was “fake”.

The story was based on newly declassified US government documents from the Cold War.

Mr Khamenei suggested they were forged.

The original report revealed how Ayatollah Khomeini had courted the Carter administration from exile in Paris to broker his return to Iran.

In the official Iranian narrative of the 1979 revolution, Mr Khomeini bravely defied the United States and defeated “the Great Satan” in its efforts to keep the Shah in power.

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