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Iran Crisis / Hostages #261784

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 26, 1979
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(Studio) Conflict between State Department count of 50 hostages in the embassy and clergymen's count of only 43 noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tehran, Iran) Demonstrators outside embassy shown. Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti said to have indicated hostages would be freed after they had been used to make a case against the United States government [BEHESHTI - explains purpose of trial.] [Foreign minister Sadegh GHOTBZADEH - does not know number of hostages actually held.] Revolutionary Council said finally setting up direct line of communication with Iranian students.

(Studio) Mtg. of 3 American clergymen, who saw hostages, with Iranian foreign minister Ghotbzadeh and Iranian religious leaders reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tehran, Iran) [Reverend William West COFFIN - can't be sure they saw all of the hostages.] [Reverend William HOWARD - comments.] Hostage Barry Rosen named. [Monsignor Thomas GUMBLETON - comments on propaganda statement read by one of militants.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Clergymen quoted with regard to mental states of hostages. Ayatollah Khomeini said to have termed his conflict with United States as struggle between Islam and paganism. Senator Robert Dole said 1st Repub. Presidential candidate briefed with regard to Iran [DOLE - comments with regard to President Carter's handling of Iranian crisis.] CBS News Special on Iran announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Rather, Dan;
Walker, Hal

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