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Iran #260301

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 31, 1979
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(Studio) Shah of Iran's forced departure from Iran recalled. His meeting with mil. staff prior to departure noted. Report is on tape recording allegedly made at meeting in which Shah outlines plan for his return to power. Expert's reports stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Details given about tape coming into KNXT's possession and about alleged comments of Shah on it. Tape played with reporter quoting statements, translated into English. Transcript, in English, on screen. Shah's discussion of creating civil war between Iran military and people in order to restore him to power outlined. television station's efforts to verify claims made about tape described; statements by 2 leading voice print experts in US, one at Michigan State and one at UCLA, that voice is that of Shah reported.
REPORTER: Joseph Benty (KNXT-TV reporter)

(Studio) Departure for Iran of exiled religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini noted. Mil. show of force displayed in Tehran reported photos shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Neauphle-le-Chateau, France) Report on Khomeini's preparations to leave for Iran. [Khomeini SPOKESPERSON - comments on security situation at Tehran airport.] Air France's limitation on number who can accompany Khomeini, in order that plane can carry more fuel for emergencies, stated. potential for continued bloody conflict in Iran with Khomeini's return described.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Tehran, Iran) Khomeini supporters' preparations for his return detailed. Tehran University and Tabriz mentioned. Reopening of Tehran airport noted; conditions there described. [PEOPLE - comment on leaving Iran.] Prime Min. Shahpour Bakhtiar mentioned. (Studio) Report on crash of small US plane in Iran.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

Cronkite, Walter;
Kladstrup, Don;
Roth, Richard

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