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Iran #58127

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 21, 1979
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(Studio) Possibly significant gesture made by new rulers of Iran noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Release of United States Marine sergeant Kenneth Kraus by Iranians reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Details given about Kraus' confinement, begun after his hospitalization for wounds received in attack on United States embassy last week Uncertainty noted with regard to whether his release was due to Ayatollah Khomeini's revolutionary committee finding him innocent of shooting Iranians killed in embassy attack or to negotiation efforts of embassy.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(DC) United States government concern about Kraus said to result in plans to fly him out of Iran soon. Aid in negotiations with Iran by French government noted. Discussion of Kraus' situation between United States ambassador William Sullivan and Iranian Prime Mininister Mehdi Bazargan mentioned. Comments of Senator John Heinz, who is from Kraus' home state reported [HEINZ - calls action indication that new regime wants to be on good terms with US.] President Carter's telephone call to Kraus' mother to give news of release stated.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Leftists' planned march on Khomeini headquarters to protest conservatism in new government noted called off because of Khomeini's disapproval. New Iranian chief of staff's remarks about future of United States listening posts on Iran-USSR border and with regard to agreements against transferring weapons bought from United States to 3rd parties stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Jack

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