This program is 28 minutes long
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) Accusations from President Clinton that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb featured. [Iran's President Hashemi RAFSANJANI (thru translator) offers denial.] [Senior nuclear OFFICIAL - says Iran is complying with nuclear energy regulations.] The history of Iran's development of nuclear energy reviewed; ABC News exclusive scenes shown from a nuclear reactor in Tehran.
(Pentagon: John McWethy) The evidence according to the United States that Iran is seeking nuclear weaponry reviewed; scenes shown of the ways in which Iran has skirted the law in many nations to purchase uranium-enriching equipment. [Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - says Iran is dedicated to acquiring weaponry.] [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Leonard SPECTOR - cites suspicions of Iran.] The comparative case of bomb making in Iraq cited.
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) The Iranian response to Clinton's nuclear charges noted. [RAFSANJANI - requests proof.]
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) The growing disenchantment in Iran with the Islamic religious rulers, the mullahs who have gone out of favor due to the nation's economic problems, examined; scenes shown of anti-American demonstrations and from the streets of Tehran. [Former UN ambassador Said Rajai KHORSANI - says Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's era is over.] [Iran freedom movement Dr. Ibrahim YAZDI - predicts am historical religious change.] The continued control of Iran by obstinate men, despite the moderation of some scholarly clergy and the opening of political avenues to women, noted.
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) The economic squeeze in Iran reviewed; scenes shown from the roads and streets of Tehran while the nation's economic problems, including the United States sanctions, are reviewed. [Two IRANIANS - talks about the political and economic situation.]
(Studio: Catherine Crier) Report introduced.
(Tokyo: Mark Litke) Police raid in Japan on the headquarters of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo, which has been charged with the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, featured; scenes shown while the case against the cult is reviewed.
(Studio: Catherine Crier) Statement from President Clinton in response to the decision by former President George Bush to resign his National Rifle Assn. membership after the organization referred to federal agents as "jack-booted thugs" reported; scenes shown of the President at a memorial service in Washington, DC, for police killed in the line of duty.
(Studio: Catherine Crier) New CIA director John Deutch reported naming Nora Slatkin to the agency's number three post.
(Studio: Catherine Crier) Dow Corning reported filing for bankruptcy protection due to silicone breast implant lawsuits. "Stock Market Report".
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) The political power in Iran that is held by President Hashemi Rafsanjani and not spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who succeeded the late Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, featured. [In interview, RAFSANJANI - (thru translator) accuses the US of a political ploy; denies that Iran supports terrorism, but rather has been a victim of terrorism; explains why the people of Iran are angry with the US; defends the embassy hostage taking.]
(Tehran, Iran: Peter Jennings) Iran, past and present, and its image in the eyes of America featured; scenes shown from the embassy hostage situation in Tehran 16 years ago.