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Iran Crisis / Vance Resignation #65233

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 28, 1980
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(Studio) Resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, formally offered and accepted today, said actually written 4 days before failed rescue attempt of hostages in Iran; apparent disagreement at top level of government noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [VANCE - says he couldn't support decision on rescue operation in Iran and therefore submitted his resignation last week] His letter to President Carter and Carter's reply quoted on screen; details given. Difficulty of decision for Vance and background of situation examined; Vance's role in negotiations for African ntlist. movement, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II with USSR , Egypt-Israel peace treaty efforts with ambassador Ephraim Evron in Jerusalem, USSR presence in Cuba, Iran crisis, USSR invasion of Afghanistan, United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement policy recalled. [VANCE - accepts responsibility for United Nations vote.] Vance's nemesis during Carter administration, national sec. adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, said apparently winning confrontation. Vance said allegedly telling staff that his resignation is attempt at heading off any further military action against Iran as argued for by Brzezinski; possibility of Brzezinski continuing to dominate if deputy secretary Warren Christopher is designated as Vance's replacement considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) President Carter said possibly announcing selection of new secretary state at tomorrow night's news conf.; details given. Carter noted leaving White House area for 1st time since beginning of hostage crisis to visit men wounded in rescue attempt.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(San Antonio, Texas) Carter's visits with William Tootle, Joseph Beyers, Jeffrey Harrison, Leslie Petty, James Schaefer featured; films, photos shown. [CARTER - comments on visit, Vance's resignation, bodies of dead soldiers, whereabouts of hostages.] Implications of day for Carter's presidency considered.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Vance's popularity on Capitol Hill and possible political impact of his resignation for Carter examined; speaker Tip O'Neill quoted; House Tv tape shown. Echo of O'Neill's view on House floor noted. [Representative Jim LEACH - compares situation at White House with last days of Richard Nixon's administration] [Senators Jacob JAVITS, Henry JACKSON - comment on Vance's departure.] Reasons for Capitol Hill reaction to situation considered; Vance's resignation said hurting Carter administration more than failed rescue mission to Iran.

(Studio) United States allies, concluding meeting in Luxembourg, said increasingly concerned over United States foreign policy due to Vance resignation.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Luxembourg) European leaders' reaction to Vance, his resignation and to Zbigniew Brzezinski examined; films shown. Henry Kissinger mentioned.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Studio) Radio Moscow's reaction to Vance's departure quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Salinger, Pierre

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