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Middle East / Hostage Crisis / Diplomacy / Iran / Frozen Assets #124092

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 08, 1989
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Encouraging news from Iran about hostage crisis in Middle East featured; details given of newspaper report about Iran's position on its assets that have been frozen by United States and of statement from former deputy foreign minister Mohammed Larijani about important of freeing hostages, scenes shown. Maneuvering between moderates and hard-liners in Iran on issue of policy toward West detailed. Plans for Iran and Syria to coordinate their policies on hostage crisis noted.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: David Ensor) Impt. of Iranian assets frozen by Jimmy Carter in 1979, when Iran took American hostages in Tehran, to current relations between Iran and United States examined; details given of response from President Bush's administration [State Department deputy spokesperson Richard BOUCHER - says frozen assets issue is not connected to hostage crisis.] Review of status of frozen assets from 1979 to present outlined on screen; details given of ongoing negotiations at The Hague over issue; statement from former undersecretary of state Warren Christopher that assets could be freed up noted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Ensor, David;
King, Jerry

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