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Iran / Political Unrest #255745

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 06, 1978
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(Studio) Shah of Iran's formation of military government in wake of continued turmoil in country noted. Riots over wkend. in which fires and looting took place in Tehran reported; film shown. Seriousness of threat to Shah's regime, from unusu. coalition of Muslims and leftists, and concern of United States officials about it stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Personal and professional ties to United States of new Iranian military leader, General Gholam-Reza Azhari, noted, include that his daughter lives in Richmond, Virginia, and that he's graduate of United States Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Details given about Iran's massive buildup of American arms and concerns in United States that downfall of Shah might bring situation that would reveal United States secrets to USSR . Defense Department film shown. United States weapons on order from Iran include F-16 intercepter, AWACS, naval destroyer and anti-tank and -aircraft equipment; those already purchased by Iran include F-14 fighter with Phoenix missile. Keeping USSR away from Iranian oil fields and from establishing port on Persian Gulf stated as reasons for United States interest there.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(DC) Carter administration's public and private assessments of Iran situation and outlook for Shah's regime noted. [State Department spokesperson Jill SCHUKER - gives US statement of support for Shah's action in setting up military government] US ints. in Iran, include Soviet threat in area and potential for shift in world econ. and power should pro-Soviet government take power in Iran, because of cntry.'s position on Persian Gulf, stated. United States sales in Iran, aside from mil. sales, reported President Carter's alleged concern about situation and US view of Soviet reaction to situation outlined.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Important anti-Shah leader reported to live in exile in France.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pontchartrain, France) Details of interview with Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, spiritual leader of Iran's Shiite Muslims and acknowledged as leader of anti-Shah movement in Iran, given. Khomeini is in exile in Pontchartrain, France. Khomeini's remarks about movement, demands for overthrow of Shah and future of Iran-US relations under his Iranian government, among other issues, reported. [Anti-Shah spokesperson Ibrahim YAZDI - says Shah cannot be saved, regardless of his or supporters' actions.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) State Department's issuance of advisory to postpone non-essential travel to Iran reported.

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin;
Pappas, Ike

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