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    At the United Nations, Iranian delegates have stated that their government is opposed to the taking of hostages.

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    SCU United States Ambassador to United Nations, Donald McHenry, speaking at U.N. in English

    SCU Iran's representative TO U.N. Mansur Sarhang speaking in English

    SV Iranian religious leader, Ayatollah Mohammed Baheshti with reporter

    CU Ayatollah Baheshti speaking

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: McHENRY: "Basically, what the Council has done has been to, publicly and formally, not only re-state the important principles involved here -- which is the inviolability of diplomatic personnel -- but to both re-state and reiterate that principle and the call for release, despite the excuses which have been offered for the action which has been taken. Our effort here was to ensure that was done even while trying to accommodate and to ensure that there was no excuse, no impediment to the work of the Council. I think it is clear from the re-iteration of the statement by the President of the Council with regard to the holding of hostages is one which is unanimously held."

    SEQ. 2: MANSUR SARHANG: "The release of the hostages could be immediately secured upon the extradition of a man who has been judged by the over-whelming majority of the Iranian people as a criminal and someone who has plundered billions of dollars of our resources. Now, this criminal has been admitted to come to the United States, receive protection and support from the (indistinct) and sinister elements such as Henry Kissinger, Savid Rockefeller and others of this stature. In other words, we really have to blame and criticise those characters and political groups in this country, which have been instigators of this situation to begin with."

    SEQ. 4: AYATOLLAH BAHESHTI: "The United States must try to find an acceptable way to return the Shah to Iran .. such a way that will save face of the United States too."

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    Background: At the United Nations, Iranian delegates have stated that their government is opposed to the taking of hostages. But they said they were obliged to support the militants occupying the United States Embassy in Teheran because "it is the wish of most of the Iranian people". Iranian delegates to the U.N. made these remarks following a brief meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday night (27 November). The Security Council meeting was adjourned until Saturday night (1 December) to await the arrival of the Iranian Foreign Minister. The Ayatollah Mohammed Baheshti -- a religious leader said to be in the running for the Iranian Presidency under the country's new constitution -- says he welcomes the debate. And an Iranian representative to the U.N., Mansur Sarhang, has, meanwhile, blamed former Secretary of States, Henry Kissinger, and political groups in the U.S. for the ongoing U.S. Embassy siege. But, during the Security Council debate on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Donald McHenry, said the Security Council was unanimously against the taking of hostages.

    SYNOPSIS: And in Teheran, Ayatollah Mohammed Baheshti, repeated demands for the return of the Shah.

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