Mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of the six American diplomats who were smuggled out of Iran on Tuesday (29 January) with Canadian help.
GV EXT Canadian Embassy in Teheran with small crowd outside (2 shots)
SCU Sign on wall saying "Yankee Go Home"
SV PAN Closure notices on doorways of embassy
SV PULL OUT TO GV Small crowd outside embassy
GV PARIS: EXT Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Taylor and officials walking towards Canadian Embassy
CU Ambassador answering reporter's question
CBC REPORTER HAL JONES: "These were very harsh words for Canada, saying that they were going to get even with Canada somewhere in the world. What kind of implications do you think this may have for Canadian embassies and other institutions abroad?"
TAYLOR: "Well, I think the entire development was unforeseen. Bi-laterally between Canada and Iran, relations have been very good. I would imagine that they would remain so, certainly this would be the aim of our minister to look forward to a continuing relationship. There's a certain amount of unpredictability attached to events such as this, but I remain optimistic".
REPORTER: HAL JONES
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Background: Mystery still surrounds the whereabouts of the six American diplomats who were smuggled out of Iran on Tuesday (29 January) with Canadian help. The diplomats reportedly took refuge at the Canadian embassy in Teheran when the militant Moslem students seized the American embassy almost three months ago. They were hidden by the Canadian until Monday (28 January) when, posting as Canadian diplomats, they flew out of Iran with other departing Canadian Embassy staff. They were on scheduled flights to West Germany, but no official confirmation of their destinations has been given.
SYNOPSIS: The closure of the Canadian Embassy in Teheran came as a complete surprise to the local community. Canadian External Affairs Minister, Miss Flora MacDonald, said later the covert operation of smuggling out the Americans was one of the reasons for the embassy's closure.
Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotzbadeh responded immediately with a vow that Canada would pay for the action. He said this would happen "sooner or later, somewhere in the world", and that is could affect conditions for the Americans hostages.
Canada's former Ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, flew to Paris, where he was greeted by newsmen and officials, but the Ambassador divulged no secretes.