The fate of the American hostages held in Iran will be discussed by the newly-elected Iranian Parliament as soon as possible.
SCU: Member of Iran's Revolutionary Council, Ayatollah Mohammad Behashti speaking in English with reporters at news conference listening and asking questions. (5 shots)
DR. BEHESHTI: "But when the new parliament did (indistinct) to the new government, the parliament should discuss the plan of the new government. But is doesn't mean that we want to delay the discussions about the problem of the hostages. No. The parliament will discuss it at the first possible chance."
INTERVIEWER: "The Soviet Union and East European countries, like Hungary and Poland, many of their delegations are coming here and trade agreements are being signed. Do you see a shift away from the West towards the East European countries if he Europeans go ahead with their decision to impose sanctions?"
DR. BEHESHTI: "You see everything will be made on the basis of our independence and freedom. Depending on any country, and foreign country is refused in our country."
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Background: The fate of the American hostages held in Iran will be discussed by the newly-elected Iranian Parliament as soon as possible. Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti. leader of the fundamentalist Islamic Republican Party, which is expected to dominate the parliament told a press conference that he didn't want to delay the problem. The hostage have now been held for 193 days (May 15). Dr. Beheshti also played down the effect of proposed European economic sanctions of Iran. he declined to fix a specific date for the opening of the new parliament but did say its first task would be to approve a new government.