ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 29, 1980
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(Studio) Iran reported denouncing Ronald Reagan for his statements. More pictures of hostages said released.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Algerian intermediaries reported meeting with State Department, [State Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - says United States reply will represent same stance.] Scenes from last fall shown. Background recalled. $24 billion said demanded. Shah's wealth said continue problem. [TRATTNER - says President's word is United States guarantee of good faith.] Hostages said having no visits from outside observers.
REPORTER: Jack Smith
(DC) Iran television film shown of hostages meeting with Algerians. Charles Jones noted present. All but 9 of 52 said seen since Christmas. Hostages said to have been moved around. [Elizabeth Ann SWIFT - speaks of comfort of present surroundings. Notes ups and downs. Calls experience frightening.] Bathroom shown. Missing 9 identification as James Lopez, Joseph Subic, Malcolm Kalp, William Daugherty, Moorhead Kennedy, Robert Blucker, Fred Kupke, Gary Lee, and Clair (Cordy) Barnes, the mystery hostage. Unusual case of Barnes discussed. Algerian ambs. quoted with regard to seeing all 52. Mary Lopez interviewed. [Mother Mary LOPEZ - speaks of heartbreak.] Hostages said sounding hopeful.
REPORTER: George Strait