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Iranian Crisis #261799

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 27, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President Carter reported personally contacting top leaders of China (Puerto Rico), USSR and other ntns. on United Nations Sec. Council not yet committed on question of sanctions against Iran; United States reported still 2 votes shy of needed number to invoke partial embargo; details given.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Possible clarification of uncertainty as to exact number of hostages outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tehran) Conflicting statements from terrorists holding embassy with regard to number of hostages seen by clergymen noted; films shown. [Foreign minister Sadegh GHOTBZADEH - responds to question with regard to who's in charge; threatens trial for hostages rather than grand jury inquisition if economy pressure by United States continues.] Concern by British, Norwegian, French embassies here over possible backlash due to their support of economy sanctions in United Nations debate noted; details given.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) State Department response to threat of spy trials examined [Department spokesperson Tom RESTON - comments.] United States officials reported unwilling to make any concession on trial issue; details given.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Federal court of appeals said ruling President Carter's deportation order doesn't discriminate against Iranians; details given. Statistics re: estimated number of Iranians in United States versus those registered and found holding invalid visas listed on screen; Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti quoted. Justice Department recalled temporarily halting all deportations due to case; Iranians said appealing.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) President Carter reported ordering administration not to call those holding hostages "students"; approved semantics noted. Special broadcast tonight announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Graham, Fred;
Quint, Bert;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Stahl, Lesley

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