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Iran / Hostages #508482

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 24, 1980
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(Studio) Criticism of Iranians holding United States hostages by both President Carter and President-elect Reagan cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pasific Palisades, California) [REAGAN - expresses anger with regard to hostages in Iran.] Secretary of State-designate Alexander Haig and other foreign policy advsrs. said working on options to deal with Iranians.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Plains, Georgia) [CARTER - says United States will not pay ransom and that possibility of an early release of hostages is quite dim.] President Carter's implicit threat of United States military action if Iran conducts spy trials of hostages recalled and said reiterated.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch

(Studio) Secretary of State Edmund Muskie's statement that Iran's internal political struggles between moderates and hard-line clerics have delayed hostage release cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Algerian intermediaries said meeting with Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher and others with regard to United States reply to Iran's final position. [State Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - says one should not take Iran's use of the word final too seriously.]
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Studio) National Christmas tree said being lit tonight for 417 secs. President Carter reported ordering tree to stay lit 1 security for every day hostages have spent in captivity.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Lynch, Bill;
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John;
Palmer, John

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