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Hostage Release / War #62774

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 22, 1980
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Bypassed Introduction

(Studio) Hostage release terms said probably to be set Sunday Monday release said thought possible. Film shown. Prime Min. Mohammed Ali Rajai quoted re: role of Ayatollah Khomeini; nature of incident of taking the hostages; and unrelated nature of release to November 4 election in US. Re: the war, Iraq's continued campaign reported Incidents of fighting cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Despite Iran stance, nation said ready to accept United Nations negotiation re: ending war. United Nations scenes shown. Consequences of United Nations involvement considered. October 17 film shown. Lifting of United States sanctions against Iran said easier if war situation settled. United States said urging Saudi Arabia and other Arab ntns. to pressure Iraq to take Iran bid. Overtone of hostage release considered.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(DC) Report from State Department Details of Khomeini's demands considered, esp. those with which United States can comply and those it can't. [State Department Spokesperson John TRATTNER - advises against optimism.] Possibilities considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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