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Hostage Crisis #63693

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 23, 1980
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(Studio) Deeper discouragement with regard to hostage situation reported in DC.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Carter administration said resigned to failure in solving hostage crisis by inauguration day. [State Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - states doubt of success by January 20.] Fin. details given. $20 billion called ransom money. Mil. force said ruled but, unless hostages put on trial. Geo Bush quoted with regard to Reagan strategy. Hostage crisis said no longer top foreign policy preoccupation.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Hassan Ayat quoted with regard to Iran strategy to hold hostages until Ronald Reagan takes office. Absence of American clergy from Christmas observances noted.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur

(London, England) Iran government said ruling out foreign visitors to hostages this Christmas. Swiss dip. said to have seen Bruce Laingen, Victor Tomseth and Michael Howland. 3 said knowing of United States rejection of $24 million demand. Harsh Iran reaction to Pope's plea of hostage release reported Mohammed Ali Rajai's reaction on December 16, calling hostages spies, recalled.

(Studio) National Christmas tree in Washington, DC said to be lighted tomorrow at l0:00 pm. for 417 seconds, at request of hostage families.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Dyk, Bob;
Reynolds, Frank;
Vanocur, Sander

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