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Shah Interview #55636

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 11, 1978
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(Studio) Impt. of Iran as United States ally examined. Iran's neighbors include USSR , Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Impt. of Persian Gulf to Iran and Saudi Arabia, because of supply of oil it furnishes to Japan, west Europe and US, noted. Phone interview with Shah, in Tehran, shown. [SHAH - discusses present situation in Tehran. Says democratization must go on in Iran; wants to achieve this goal as soon as possible.] Reporter asks about concern of Communist takeover. [SHAH - discusses this possibility and says last demonstration was organized by international subversive orgs. Gives evidence of this.] Reports that Iranian army may be disloyal stated. [SHAH - asks how this is possible; says it would be end of country if so. Feels family and self are physically safe; as to control of cntry., was surprised by violence and says major of people are peace-loving. Doesn't believe situation is now of character to force him to leave position and cntry.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Walters, Barbara

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