CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 16, 1979
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(Studio) Beginning of final evacuations of Americans from Iran noted. Ayatollah Khomeini's attempts to consolidate his power inside country and win support from abroad reported Executions ordered by Khomeini government stated to have been carried out on roof of his headquarters Film shown. One of those executed said to have been head of Shah's secret police, General Nematollah Nassiri. Khomeini government's predictions of more trials and executions cited. Situation in Tabriz, where fighting had taken place, described. Official United States evacuation reported scheduled to begin on Saturday; Pan Am's evacuation of some employees today stated. United States reported reaction mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tehran, Iran) Details given about today's evacuation and attitude of those leaving from Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport. [PEOPLE - would come back.] Khomeini's call for end to general strike in country on Saturday noted. File footage shown. Prime Min. Mehdi Bazargan's government said to want to incr. oil product rapidly. Examination of problem confronting Khomeini in gaining control of all factions in revolution made. Fedayeen mentioned.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner
(Studio) Khomeini government's confiscation of holdings left in Iran by Shah and his family reported United States recognition of Khomeini government noted coupled with another protest of Soviet role in Iran.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Details about United States concern about Soviet strategy in Iran given. State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter's report that United States ambassador to USSR Malcolm Toon has complained twice to foreign minister Andrei Gromyko with regard to Soviet news stories saying CIA planned attack on United States embassy in Iran detailed. [CARTER - comments.] Carter's statement that United States will continue Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II negotiations with Sovs. reported Possible effects of United States-USSR conflict over destiny of Iran outlined. President Carter's meeting with advisers at White House, on return from Mexico, to discuss Iran situation noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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