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Iranian Crisis #268923

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1980
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(Studio) Possible hitch in timetable for release of United States hostages in Tehran examined; events leading to formation of United Nations commission of inquiry into Shah recalled. President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr's comments noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Bani-Sadr reported sending United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim written confirmation of approval of United Nations commission; Ayatollah Khomeini said also agreeing on formation and composition of commission Bani-Sadr quoted re: hostages' release. [For. minister Sadegh GHOTBZADEH - says commission isn't part of "deal" for release of hostages.]

(Studio) Reports introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) United Nations response to Bani-Sadr's remarks examined; Bani-Sadr's domestic hurdles noted. Rationale for leaving timing and circumstances for hostages' release undefined considered.
REPORTER: Richard C Hottelet

(DC) Necessity for both sides to reach agreement on statement with regard to United States's past rely with Shah; details given. Possible problems faced by commission cited; unnamed commission member quoted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Khomeini reported naming Bani-Sadr commander in chief of armed forces; significance of move cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C;
Kalb, Marvin;
Lee, Mike

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