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Iranian Crisis #261553

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 12, 1979
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(Studio) Terrorists holding hostages in Tehran said neither all students nor all Iranians.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Terrorists at embassy compound said include members of Iran's Fedayeen faction, similar to Italy's Red Brigades and West Germany's Baader-Meinhof gang; details given with regard to their use of Khomeini and political goals. Unknown number of Palestinian guerrillas reported joining Iranians at compound after United States threatened military intervention; details given. Lack of evidence that mbrs. of Iran's communist party are among captors noted; terrorists' discipline and organization, despite number of factions present, examined.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Foreign minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh's statement yesterday, that "intl. grand jury" would review case said endorsed today; question of hostage's fate cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tehran, Iran) [Reverend council secretary Mohammed BEHESHTI - comments on grand jury idea.] Beheshti said echoing foreign minister's recent reluctance to hold spy trials; details given. Judge, who played role in handing down death sentences during early days of revolution, quoted with regard to lack of death sentences for hostages. Today's and tomorrow's mtgs. between Ghotbzadeh and for. representatives cited; films shown.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Studio) Continued civil unrest in Tabriz noted; reform demanded by supporters of Shariat Madari outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tabriz, Iran) Govt. said blaming Tabriz unrest on faction of Azerbaijani political party; details given, films shown. Shariat Madari versus central government issue outlined; historical role of minorities in Iranian pols. mentioned.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) Laudatory letter allegedly received by Ayatollah Khomeini from Senator Edward Kennedy reported; Kennedy's response quoted. Ghotbzadeh's conflicting statements about letter noted; language used in letter said too stilted to have come from native American State Department's order for reduction of Iranian diplomatic corps in United States reported; details given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Dean, Morton;
Kalb, Marvin;
Tunnell, Doug

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