The United States is lobbying its 14 fellow-members of the Security Council in an effort to gain support for American proposals to impose sanctions against Iran.
GV: People outside American embassy in Teheran
CU: Poster of Ayatollah Khomeini. ZOOM GV banners at gate
SV: Guards in embassy compound. (3 shots)
GV PAN: Banners and pictures on walls of embassy building.
SCU: Reverend William Slaone Coffin and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton speaking in English
COFFIN: "We were concerned that there has not been enough of an effort in the United States to publicise what has happened over these last 25 years, that's a quarter of a century that these people have been under oppression. An oppression that has been documented. If you keep in touch with some group like Amnesty International or something like that, you may know that. But most people do not. And so that is the problem."
GUMBLETON: "I think the great temptation of almost every human being is what psychiatrists call premature closure. That is they really don't want to deal with all the complexities of life, it's must easier if we can make something really nice and simple. And then if you have a moral justification for keeping it that way, then you're in good shape. And the Americans, I think, are engaged in premature closure around the issue of the hostages and they see nothing else. And as Bill indicated we found something of the reverse here, that it the crimes of the Shah are so totally preoccupied that as you say, the matter of taking hostages is seen to be relatively unimportant matter. Now the fact of the matter is the world looks at the taking of hostages more seriously do certainly the students who have taken them."
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Background: The United States is lobbying its 14 fellow-members of the Security Council in an effort to gain support for American proposals to impose sanctions against Iran. But two of the American clergymen who visited the hostages held at the United States embassy in Teheran say the American people refuse to see all the issues involved in the crisis.
SYNOPSIS: There wasn't the usual huge crowd outside the American embassy on Wednesday (26 December), but with the siege coming up to its third month there appear to be fewer and fewer ways out of the stalemate. The students holding the embassy staff still insist the hostages will have to stand trial for espionage. The United States on the other hand is looking for nine votes in the Security Council to get the sanctions resolution passed. Political observers believe it almost impossible for the United States to find the necessary support. Meanwhile two of the American clergymen who visited the hostages over Christmas, the Reverend William Sloane Coffin and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton claim there has been little effort in America to see the whole situation.