CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 21, 1979
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(Studio) Situation said continuing in Iran. Attack on American embassy in Pakistan reported Occupants of embassy trapped in burning building for several hours. Death of United States Marine, Steven Crowley, reported In addition to attack in Islamabad, anti-American demonstrations reported in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi. Carter administration said blaming Ayatollah Khomeini for inflaming attacks by lies. Repeat of United States threat with regard to release of hostages unharmed noted. Iranian threat to kill hostages if United States force used and vow to dig grave of United States reported Khomeini lies said with regard to takeover of Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for which he blamed US.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Islamabad, Pakistan) Scenes from Pakistan television shown. Attack described. Occupants of building said taking refuge in vault. 5-hr. wait for aid to arrive cited. American journalist inside embassy quoted re: experience. Pakistan leader Zia ul-Haq said to have expressed regret for incident; said Mosque incident had nothing to do with Western world. Questions with regard to delayed action of Pakistan military in relief for besieged embassy said being raised.
REPORTER: Carol Hansa