CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 07, 1984
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(Studio) Terrorists holding hijacked Kuwaiti airliner in Iran reported announcing next murder target, hostage Charles Kapar, accusing him of being CIA agent.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(London, England) Current status of hostage incident examined; films shown. Terrorists' statement broadcast by Tehran radio today quoted on screen. [Released PASSENGER - describes Tuesday's murder of American Charles Hegna.] [Former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak RABIN - doesn't believe United States could have intervened.] [King HUSSEIN - denounces terrorists' use of Islam as motive.] Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher's assessment of situation mentioned. Audio tape recorded by Israeli radio operator Wednesday recalled; screams on tape said that of passenger being tortured. Details given of possible relationship with December 1983 bombings of United States and French embassies in Kuwait. Terrorists thought linked with Moslem extremists loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
(DC) [President REAGAN - criticizes Iran's lack of aid to end crisis.] [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - conts. criticism of Iran.] Basis of President's relatively subdued criticisms of Tehran government explained; possibility of United States mil. retaliation after hijacking ends considered. Syria and Algeria, at United States urging, said warning Iranians of need for immediate action.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin