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CBS Evening News for Saturday, Dec 22, 1979
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(Studio) Report with regard to Iran's inviting American clergy for hostage Christmas services and Iran reaction against Carter approach to United Nations for economy sanctions against Iran.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Tehran, Iran) [Sadegh GHOTBZADEH - says Iran's position unchanged.] Iran's reliance on imports detailed. Food imports and oil exports considered. Bani-Sadr quoted with regard to blockade. Said to believe call for sanctions will hurt hostage cause, as making more difficult Khomeini's "pardon" of hostages. Hassan Habibi, reverend council spokesperson, reference to reporters' being allowed to talk to hostages noted. Emphasis said placed on black reporters Ghotbzadeh's mention of mins.' visits noted.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

(Studio) 3 clergy getting invitations identification as Reverend William Howard, Reverend William Sloane Coffin; Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton. 6 other clergy and Mideast expert already en route. State Department reaction noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) While department said pleased about mins.' visit, offense said taken at Iran's stance of magnanimity. [State Department spokesperson David PASSAGE - speaks of depts. advice that mins. not become part of propaganda spectacle.]
REPORTER: Jacqueline Adams

Adams, Jacqueline;
Quint, Bert;
Schieffer, Bob

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