Iran is standing firm on its demand that the former Shah must be returned before the forty nine hostages being held in the United States embassy in Teheran will be released.
CU Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti speaking to newspersons in Teheran (2 shots)
CU Beheshti listening to reporter's question
SCU Beheshti answering question
SV Car carrying U.N. Commissioner Mohamed Bedjaoui arrives at United Nations and Bedjaoui steps out
SV INTERIOR Bedjaoui and other officials walk into building and enter lift (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK, U.N. Secretary General Dr. Kurt Waldheim seated talking to Bedjaoui, Chairman of the Commission
HART: "While Beheshti said he did not see the Commission's visit as a failure and hoped it would find a new way, he also said the original conditions for liberating the hostages remained the return of the Shah and the wealth that he, his family and associates hold. Was that so, he was asked, despite all the things that had happened since those conditions were originally set?"
REPORTER: "Despite a U.N. Commission, despite a visit of many other groups since the hostages were taken. Despite the election of a president that the conditions remain exactly the same as they did from the beginning?"
BEHESHTI (SEQ 3): "The condition are the same and I think that they will be the same."
REPORTER: JOHN HART
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Background: Iran is standing firm on its demand that the former Shah must be returned before the forty nine hostages being held in the United States embassy in Teheran will be released. At a news conference in the Iranian capital the Secretary of the ruling Revolutionary Council, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, said that he held that view and he believed it was also held by the majority of council members. Ayatollah Beheshti's uncompromising statement came only a day after the suspension of a United Nations Commission visit to Teheran, on which the United States had pinned its hopes of an early release of the hostages. This report from NBC's John Hart.
SYNOPSIS: While Ayatollah Beheshti was making Iran's position on the hostages clear to the world's newsmen, Mohamed Bedjaoui, Chairman of the Special United Nations Commission was arriving at U.N. headquarters for a debriefing session with Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. The five man commission had earlier broken off its fact-finding mission after failing to win permission to visit the American hostages. Members of the Commission are also expected to meet United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. It is understood that they will discuss a return visit to Teheran.
Doctor Waldheim has emphasised that the Commission's work has been suspended, not terminated. He is confident that the hostages will be released. The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mr. Sadeq Qotbzadeh also said that the U.N. Commission would be invited back at an appropriate time.