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(Studio: Dan Rather) Great Britain reported announcing resumption of dipl. relations with Iran. Unconfirmed reports noted asserting that pro-Iranian kidnappers plan to release British and American hostages held in Lebanon. Report introduced.
(London, England: Tom Fenton) [After meeting with Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, British foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - comments on situation.] Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher noted maintaining her refusal to negotiate with terrorists; Anglican envoy Terry Waite mentioned. Great Britain and United States rumored to have been discussing hostage situation with Iran for months in Geneva, Switzerland. Iranian embassy in Beirut reported announcing that hostages will be released together; Alann Steen's possible release mentioned. Secretary of State George Shultz quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli newspaper report that United States hostages will be freed next month noted; details given, President Reagan's denial of secret talks with Iran reported
- Fenton, Tom;
- Rather, Dan
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