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Lebanon / Hostages / Iranian Role #127420

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 18, 1990
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Paris: Pierre Salinger) Reports that moderates' efforts to free American hostages in Lebanon have been derailed by hard-liners in Iran examined; Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani's press conference last month and hopeful statement from Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah recalled. Rafsanjani's need for better relations with West in order to improve Iranian economy discussed. Hard-liners Ali Akbar Monteshami and Ahmed Khomeini mentioned; statement from Islamic Jihad that hostages will not be released quoted; photos shown of hostages, including Terry Anderson.

Salinger, Pierre;
Sawyer, Forrest

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