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Iran / Political Unrest #51978

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 06, 1978
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(Studio) Shah of Iran's formation of military government and declaration of stricter martial law in country noted. Wkend. rioting reported; description of damage from it given. Film shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Audio report Details of Shah's ntlly. televised speech given. Film of wkend. riots shown.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Studio) United States announcement of support for Shah's move, through State Department comment on situation, noted. [State Department press officer Jill SCHUKER - says Shah has pledged military government is temporary and that free elections will be held as soon as possible.] Info. learned about American officials' advice to Shah about his own future as leader of Iran and future of government in cntry. outlined. No immediate concern reported about access to Iranian oil; Energy Secretary James Schlesinger's statements in Tokyo about potential for problems if situation in Iran not settled given.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) Impt. of stability in Iran and other ntns., include Afghanistan and Pakistan, in area of central Asia between USSR and Persian (Arabian) Gulf examined. Problems in these 3 ntns. noted. File film shown. Rivalry between United States and USSR over area, since World War II, reported; each said to have reasons for wanting Shah to remain in power in Iran. These reasons listed and discussed. Iranian oil sales to United States allies Japan, West Germany, Israel and anti-Communist South Africa, as well as natural gas sales to USSR and oil sales to E. European ntns. stated. Pro-USSR coup in Afghanistan in 1977 mentioned, as well as Moscow's probable reaction to religious fervor in Iran. Interview shown with Iranian, Dr. Shahram Chubin, with Institute for Strategic Studies in London. [CHUBIN - examines Sovs.' probable concerns about anarchy in Iran, with regard to what form of government would replace Shah and consequences if it was Muslim government]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter;
Scali, John

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