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Iran / Earthquake / Iran-US Relations #745540

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Dec 27, 2003
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(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Bam, Iran: Matthew Chance) A powerful earthquake that leveled the city of Bam, Iran, featured; scenes shown of damage & victims; details given of the appeal for international help. [On Arab TV, Iranian President Mohammed KHATAMI†† {thru translator} – comments on the disaster.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Suzanne Malveaux) Hope that the US humanitarian assistance in Iran will help change the strained relations between the two countries featured; scenes shown of a Virginia task force preparing to leave for Iran; US aid to Iran outlined. [Wife of rescue worker Rebecca KNERR†- says the Virginia guys are up to the challenge.] [Rescue WORKER – comments on the team’s equipment.] [National Defense University Ray TAKEYH†- says the Iranian acceptance of this aid reflects some degree of hope.] Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage’s call to Iran’s U.N. ambassador to offer condolences noted.

Lin, Carol;
Chance, Matthew;
Malveaux, Suzanne

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