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Iranian Crisis #261853

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 03, 1979
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(Studio) Results of past 2 days elecs. in Iran said establishing Islamic state and giving Ayatollah Khomeini dictatorial powers for life; eight American hostages said singled out for intensive interrogation due to their alleged espionage. UN Security Council reported continuing its debate on crisis while terrorists holding hostages issue warning that any United Nations resolution could endanger lives of captives. Continued unrest in Saudi Arabia, in oil-producing region, reported; Senator Ed Kennedy's criticism of Shah and reaction by Carter admin cited; Shah noted remaining under heavy security at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Panama mentioned
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) State Department's response to possibly granting Shah political asylum outlined; Mexico's rejection of Shah recalled. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments on Shah.] Spokesperson quoted with regard to United States-Libya relations after yesterday's attack on American embassy in Tripoli; situation in Saudi Arabia considered. Possibility that Khomeini is inciting Shiite minority in nation's oil-producing region noted. Last week's Pro-Iran rallies and fact that rebels who invaded the Grand Mosque have still not been completely routed said pointing to possible outside involvement.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Saudi troops reported putting down large Pro-Iranian demonstrations in eastern provinces last week; details given. Apparent anarchy in Iran said complicating crisis with regard to hostages.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tehran, Iran) Results of this wkend.'s election and apparent belief of terrorists holding hostages that they run country examined; films shown. Khomeini's incompetence to deal with sophisticated government noted; his son, Ahmed, and other members of Khomeini's court said believing seizure of embassy divinely granted. Role of revolutionary council in running country outlined; financial minister Abolhassan Bani-Sadr's position on embassy occupation detailed
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) No of Iranians in United States and those voting on Iranian referendum today noted; films shown. Portion of resolution under consideration by UN Security Council with regard to situation outlined
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) Resolution detailed; disagreement over semantics involved reported Pres Carter's remarks last week recalled.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Hottelet, Richard C.;
Kalb, Marvin

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