ABC Evening News for Friday, May 02, 1980
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(Studio) Explanation of one helicopter's mechanical Problems during last wk.'s aborted rescue mission in Iran given; cancellation of mission recalled. USS Nimitz mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) [CARTER - accepts responsibility for rescue operation.] Events surrounding unsuccessful mission recalled; Colonel Charles Beckwith quoted. [Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - says planning and training was exhaustive.] Possibility of mission becoming major military effort with air strikes considered. [National security adviser Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - says United States will do what's necessary.] Resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in dispute with administration over mission said sign of apparent victory for Brzezinski. [VANCE - says he couldn't support President's decision.] Vance's concern for Americans remaining in Iran, neighboring Islamic states, USSR reaction noted. Iran's display of bodies and alleged dispersal of hostages around country to prevent another attempt recalled. [Edmund MUSKIE - accepts President Carter's appointed as Secretary of State.] [CARTER - says times have changed.] Carter's claim that Iran crisis has been alleviated and announcement re: leaving White House to campaign noted; unanswered questions in situation outlined.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore