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Iranian Crisis / Afghanistan #63998

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 12, 1980
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(Studio) Incring. signs of possible breakthrough in Iranian hostage crisis and sending of United States combat troops to Persian Gulf as message to USSR re: Afghanistan noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(DC) State Department lack of reaction said indication of movement in Iranian situation. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - says he has no further comments.] Alleged positive dvts. outlined on screen; Ayatollah Khomeini's support of Abolhassan Bani-Sadr and Bani-Sadr's remarks in French newspaper mentioned. Terrorists said willing to relinquish hostages if told to do so by Khomeini.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Khomeini's condemnation of USSR invasion of Afghanistan reported coming in telegram to president Leonid Brezhnev; details given. Iran's United Nations ambassador Monsour Farhang, quoted with regard to hostages. Continued visit of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Arafat's visit examined; films shown. Apparent incring. role of Ahmed Khomeini noted; Arafat's meeting with Bani-Sadr considered; PLO leader's efforts to intervene in hostage crisis earlier recalled. Details given.
REPORTER: Jon Snow (Independent television News)

(Studio) For. minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh reported leaving for European tour for what is believed to be effort in improving Iranian-European relations
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Special broadcast on Iran and Afghanistan announced. Upcoming items noted
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Robinson, Max;
Snow, Jon

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