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Iranian Crisis #502775

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 07, 1979
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(Studio) President Carter reported ruling out mild force in Iran that would endanger hostages.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Carter's meeting with families of hostages at State Department and his remarks later reported; films shown [CARTER - says he will not take military action that will threaten hostages.] State Department statement issued later, clarifying the President's remarks, outlined. [Wife of hostage, Dorothea MOREFIELD - comments.] Action requested of public by families with regard to protesting to Iranian embassy detailed.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Warning issued by State Department to Iran concerning threatened trial of hostages quoted; foreign minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh said stating that some hostages will be tried, others freed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tehran, Iran) [GHOTBZADEH - says those who weren't consciously involved in espionage will be freed, those who are guilty will be tried.] Indications that government has little control over terrorists holding embassy considered; films shown Terrorists' contradiction of Ghotbzadeh's and Khomeini's radio message detailed
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Anti-Khomeini unrest noted in 2nd day in Azerbaijan region, especially in Tabriz, where supporters of Ayatollah Shariat Madari were told that no decision affecting the area would be taken without prior consultation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tabriz, Iran) Azerbaijan revolt said reaction against total control by Khomeini; details given, films shown. Seriousness of threat to Khomeini's regime examined; rebels said not against revolution, but opposing Khomeini's complete control, wanting an Islamic council to rule nation rather than another dictator. Their seizure of Tabriz radio station noted; revolution against Shah recalled beginning here.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Assassination in Paris of Shah's nephew, Shariar Chafik, son of Shah's twin sister, Princess Ashraf, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Paris, France) Details of murder given; films, photograph shown. Group calling itself the Muslim Liberation Front said claiming responsibility.

(Studio) Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali reported claiming that his group was responsible for murder; Khalkhali quoted with regard to his death squad in United States and Europe.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brown, Hilary;
Chancellor, John;
Francis, Fred;
Hart, John;
Simpson, Carole

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