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Rajai / Iran-Iraq War / Hostage #62689

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 17, 1980
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(Studio) Mohammed Ali Rajai's scheduled address at United Nations reported Iran-Iraq war said topic at United Nations security council Hostage release said United States chief concern.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Rajai said having no news with regard to hostage release. Scenes of Rajai and Kurt Waldheim shown. Waldheim said to broach hostage question. Contacts between Iran officials and private United States citizens with regard to hostage release noted. Various ideas for release considered. Brevity of Rajai visit noted.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

(DC) Inactivity with regard to hostage question at State Department noted. Edmund Muskie and Warren Christopher said most likely to be involved. New York City scenes of Rajai shown. Mil. equipment, said in offing for Iran; shown at McGuire AFB. United States relations with Iran said touchy in with regard to other Arab ntns. Possibility of greater USSR involvement if United States gets involved on Iran's side in Iraqi war considered. Iran said not thought to take bait.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Rajai's accommodations in New York City said next door to Morehead Kennedy, Senior, father of one hostage. Kennedy's reaction cited. 349th day of hostage crisis noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Cioffi, Lou;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Robinson, Max

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