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Satanic Verses / Reaction / Europe-Iran Relations #120678

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 20, 1989
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(DC: Sam Donaldson) Dipl. action by West European ntns. in response to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's threats against Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses", noted. Report introduced.

(London, England: Barrie Dunsmore) European actions against Iran reported; details given; scenes shown of Great Britain closing its recently reopened embassy in Tehran, Iran. [British foreign secretary Geoffrey HOWE - says incitement to murder is breach of intl law.] Public appearance by Khomeini noted. [Iranian parliament deputy SPEAKER - (thru translator) says Rushdie must die and enter hell.] Shift in recent trend of warmer relations between Iran and West due to this event noted. [London School of Econs. professor Fred HALLIDAY - says Khomeini has stated it is better that Iran be indep.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie

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