Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned Iran's internal factional squabbles yesterday, stongly denouncing "those who declare that the clergy should not intervene in political problems and that liberty should be total."
In Paris, meanwhile, former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger predicted yesterday that Iran would free the 52 American hostages before president-elect Ronald Reagan takes office Jan. 20.
Kissinger, who is on a foreign policy committe advising Reagan, repeated his opposition to making concessions to free the hostages, who marked their 379th day in captivity.
"I am against paying ransom and giving military equipment, but there are some formulations in Iran's four terms for releasing the hostages that I could live with," he said.
In a 40-minute speech to a group of young Army officers in Tehran, Khomeini was particularly harsh toward Iranians who took part in demonstrations in Tehran and the holy city of Qom to denounce the clergy-dominated Islamic Republican Party and protest the three-day arrest last weekend of Iran's former foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.
Khomeini did not mention the hostages in his speech, in which he called for the banning of newspapers that print statements critical of the clergy. He also warned Iranians to be vigilant during major religious demonstrations this week, saying, "If someone cries improper slogans, attack him with force." t