Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, welcomed on Tuesday (8 April) the decision by President Carter of the United States to break off diplomatic relations with iran.
SCU Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran waves to cheering crowds
GV Car arrives. President Bani-Sadar gets out of car and speaks to reporter in Farsi as he walks through corridor
SV & CU Hostages during Easter services (5 shots)
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Background: Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, welcomed on Tuesday (8 April) the decision by President Carter of the United States to break off diplomatic relations with iran. President bani-Sadar was more reserved on America's decision to impose immediate sanctions. President Carter imposed the economic and political sanctions after Ayatollah Khomeini refused to hand over the American hostages held for the past five months in their Teheran embassy, to the ruling Revolutionary Council.
SYNOPSIS: After the decision to break off diplomatic relations, Ayatollah Khomeini called the American move "the dawn of final victory". The Ayatollah said the iran had been freed from the clutches of what he called "a world predator plunderer" and added that Iran had cause for celebration. He said it was the one good thing President Carter had done for the oppressed.
President Abol Hassan Bani-Sadar, who arrived for an urgent meeting of the Revolutionary Council, was not as optimistic. The council had gone along with ayatollah Khomeini's decision but the moderate President had hoped the American hostages would be transferred from the students' control to the council. President bani-Sadr later said on a television broadcast that Iran had stockpiled essential supplies such as food and medicine which President Carter had said would be included in a trade embargo to Iran.
President Bani-Sadr also appealed for national unity in crisis.
On Easter Sunday (16 April), the day before President Carter announced the sanctions against Iran, clergymen had been allowed to visit the embassy hostages for more than five hours. They held services for many of the hostages. And they delivered mail from the hostages' families in the United States. After the services the four clergymen, three from the United States and the other, a former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem, said they had found the hostages in good mental and physical condition. The said the 49 hostages had facilities for exercise and a large library at their disposal. They also said, after the services, that a false impression of Iranians' grievances against the former Shah were being presented. And they added that some hostages believed that Shah should be returned to Iran to stand trial.