ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 24, 1980
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(Studio) Fighting between government forces and Kurds reported continuing; towns of Sanandaj and Saqqez cited as example; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Tehran, Iran) Iran's response to sanctions examined; interview with for. minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh noted. Ghotbzadeh's comments on threatened naval blockade of Persian Gulf outlined. Alleged agreement being reached between Iran and USSR discussed; rumor of impending release of some hostages, include Kevin Hermening whose parents are still here trying to win his freedom, reported denied.
REPORTER: Bob Dyk
(Studio) Ghotbzadeh said blaming United States for violence between Moslem fundamentalists and leftists; details given, films shown. Relatives of 4 hostages reported continuing their campaign to have European allies put more pressure on Iran; Mrs. Louisa Kennedy's meeting with Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher noted. Details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Atlantic Alliance's preparations for possible USSR invasion of west Europe noted; NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) film shown. Crises in Iran and Afghanistan said presenting alliance with different kind of test; details given. [Senator Jacob JAVITS - questions where United States's friends are.] Reluctance of w European leaders to blindly follow President Carter's lead noted. [Defense analyst Leslie GELB - says European response is justified; notes qualities of administration that disturb allies and Americans] Decision made at this wk.'s Common Mkt. meeting said reflecting allies' concern with regard to Carter; details given. [Belgian foreign minister Henri SIMONET - notes wavering in United States attitude.] William Hyland, State Department official under Henry Kissinger, noted criticizing allies. [HYLAND - comments.] Europeans noted wanting to head off mining of Iran's harbors; details given. Preventing USSR from exploiting current differences between United States and its allies said of greater impt. than Afghanistan or Iran.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
(Studio) Expulsion of Iranian diplomats 2 weeks ago recalled; one, Abol Biabani, said granted political asylum and has returned to United States after brief stay in London. Details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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