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Iran / Hostage Crisis Iran-Iraq War #507963

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 20, 1980
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(Studio) United States reported accepting in principle Iran's conditions for release of US hostages.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [Secretary of State Edmund MUSKIE - comments on Iran's handling of situation.] Muskie said claiming that United States has stated its acceptance in principle of Iran's conditions; inability of anyone to recall such statement, include State Department spokesperson John Trattner discussed. [TRATTNER - comments.] Possible explanation for Iran's behavior considered, include current war with Iraq; details given.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Contradictory statement by Iran's Prime Min. Mohammed Ali Rajai reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) Rajai's statement about United States response to Iran's demands outlined; films shown. Rajai's dismissal of United Nations envoy Olof Palme's efforts to mediate Iran-Iraq reported; President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr's remarks about war and Iraq President Saddam Hussein noted. Rajai's demand that US release embargoed military supplies said not linked with release of hostages.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) Reports that Iraqi planes allegedly attacked Ayatollah Khomeini's headquarters in Qum noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kalb, Bernard;
Mallory, Steve

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