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Iranian Crisis #64122

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1980
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(Studio) President Carter quoted with regard to Iranian crisis.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(New York City) United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's plan for United Nations commission of inquiry into allegations against Shah noted approved by both Carter and President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr; lack of clear action outlined beyond that for commission considered. Possible implications of statements coming from Bani-Sadr and foreign minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh noted. Commission members noted being Harry Jayewardene of Sri Lanka, Louis-Edmond Pettiti of France, Andres Aguilar of Venezuela, Adib Daoudy of Syria and Mohammed Bedjaoui of Algeria; photos shown. Purposes of commission cited.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

(DC) Significance of actions taken by United States and Iran in situation considered; possible course of events outlined on screen. Lack of scrambler phones between United Nations and Iran and implications for solving crisis noted.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) White House reported denying rumors that chief of staff Hamilton Jordan has met directly with Ghotbzadeh in Europe; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Ayatollah Khomeini said making Bani-Sadr supreme commander of armed forces; significance noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Pol. importance of Khomeini's backing with regard to Bani-Sadr's criticism of terrorists holding hostages examined; films shown. [Militant spokesperson "MIRIAM" - says fate of hostages depends on return of Shah and his trial.] Bani-Sadr's insistence that United States admit guilt re: interference in Iranian affairs and Shah and Ghotbzadeh's comments on commission outlined. Conflicting statements about hostages' testimony before commission, from terrorists and government, noted.
REPORTER: Derek Taylor (Independent television News)

(Studio) USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko quoted with regard to United States and Iran.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Special broadcast on Iran and upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Reporter(s):
Cioffi, Lou;
Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Taylor, Derek
Duration:
00:06:30

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