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Iran Crisis #64810

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 31, 1980
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(Studio) Govts. of Iran and United States said in communication, leading to possible breakthrough in hostage crisis. [Press Secretary Jody POWELL - says there are reports that revolutionary council has addressed issue, that President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr will speak on situation tomorrow and that President Carter will make statement tomorrow.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Powell's announcement noted coming after Carter's meeting with national Sec. cncl.; films shown, details given. Carter said postponing major speech before AFL-CIO building trades council for meeting Congress leaders, meeting with President afterwards, noted stating that Carter is willing to wait 1 more day for signs that Iran's government has control of hostages. [Senator Jacob JAVITS - comments.] Carter said reassuring Congmen. that he hadn't sent Ayatollah Khomeini an apology; details given. Alleged ultimatum issued Iran by United States outlined on screen; Powell's amendment of earlier denial re: Carter sending Khomeini message reported; President's credibility said so strained that he called in heads of 5 major newspapers to the White House to explain events.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Denial of any United States government representative sending apology or acknowledgment of United States guilt in Iran to any Iranian government representative stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Those aware of what is going on in Iran said apparently waiting until tomorrow to make information public; foreign minister said telling Khomeini that conciliatory message, which White House denies, is genuine. Khomeini said accusing United States of threatening to use force; series of mtgs. between Bani-Sadr and terrorists holding hostages noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tehran, Iran) Alleged ultimatums given Bani-Sadr by President Carter in disputed messages outlined; revolutionary council members thought willing to take responsibility for hostages if terrorists hand them over. Bani-Sadr said making statement tomorrow; terrorists, after meeting with him, noted having no comment on situation. Photocopy of alleged letter from Jimmy Carter to Khomeini, delivered by Swiss embassy, shown; Swiss embassy said neither confirming nor denying letter's authenticity or that they had delivered it. Film of hostages, taken March 8 by Greek TV, shown; hostages Elizabeth Swift, Kathryn Koob featured; both women said kept in isolation, details given. Tomorrow noted 1st anniversary of Khomeini's reign; Bani-Sadr said scheduled to give full public reaction to messages from Carter.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

5:06:00 "SHAH / EGYPT"

(s) Shah said recovering normally from recent surgery; today's medical bulletin quoted. Shah's presence said causing resentment among segments of Egyptian population and, thus, criticism of President Anwar Sadat.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Cairo, Egypt) Shah's arrival in Egypt said triggering 2 major Moslem demonstrations so far; details given, films shown. Islamic fundamentalist opposition said centering on blind sheik; details given. Sadat's refusal to allow any ayatollahs in Egypt noted.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

Blakemore, Bill;
Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
Reynolds, Frank

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