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Iran / Politics / Earthquake #56123

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 16, 1979
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(Studio) Shah's departure from Iran said not 1st time he's been forced to leave country
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(NYC) Background report on last 25 years of Shah's rule. Films shown. CIA's involvement in Iran noted. Reasons for United States intervention given as Iran's position between USSR and Arab ntns. in Mideast and its control of Persian Gulf. Growth of oil industry in Iran and its advantages and disadvantages for country and people described; oil shipments to West Europe, Japan and Israel mentioned. Basis for Muslim religious leaders' opposition to Shah stated. 1977 interview with Shah and Empress, by reporter Barbara Walters, shown. [SHAH - will allow no criticisms of his rule; states reasons.] Iranian students' demonstrations abroad, include those in Washington, DC during Shah's state visit in 1978, cited. [President CARTER - welcomes Shah.] Reasons for American pres. support for Shah noted. 1978 riots in Iran and resulting unrest in country detailed. Photo shown.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) Iran earthquake reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Martin, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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