In an attempt to defuse the tension between the United States and Iran over the holding of forty-nine American hostages in Teheran, the United Nations Security Council considered debating the issues.
CU INTERIOR Ayatollah Khomeini
SV The Ayatollah with japanese reporters
CU Ayatollah Khomeini speaking in farsi and being translated (3 shots)
SCU Iranian Foreign Minister Abolhassan Bani-Sadr speaking with aids
LV Foreign Minister entering courtyard
SCU Member of Iran's Revolutionary Council
LEWIS: "The Ayatollah Khomeini was talking tough again today, (Tuesday 27 November). He told Japanese Television that Iran would not participate in any Security Council meetings right now because, according to Khomeini, President Carter had rigged the agenda."
INTERPRETER: "Last night after Carter allowed that the Security Council should be held, it says that it only has to be discussed about the hostages, nothing else. Nothing about the Shah, nothing about ....all our wealth is gone...nothing about the oppressed people of Iran and their needs. And we would not accept such a Security Council, if this is the way and the manner that they are going to be held."
LEWIS:"Later Khomeini told the country's Revolutionary Guard that the youth of the nation should arm against the Americans. 'All your force should be aimed against the United States'he said. 'It is the duty of everyone to learn how to shoot'. A country with twenty-million youths should have twenty million rifles...an army of twenty million.
Khomeini's statement came as his top aides were involved in an intense wrangle over how to deal with the U.N.
Foreign Minister Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, one of the leading moderates, wanted to fly to New York. But he was over-ruled by some of the hard-liners on Iran's Revolutionary Council. They are sticking to their demand that Jimmy Carter must surrender the Shah."
REPORTER: GEORGE LEWIS
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Background: In an attempt to defuse the tension between the United States and Iran over the holding of forty-nine American hostages in Teheran, the United Nations Security Council considered debating the issues. While U.S. Navy ships and aircraft carriers steam toward Iranian water, the Ayatollah Khomeini called on Iran's youth to prepare to fight. On Monday (26 November) the Iranian leader said in an exclusive interview with NHK Television, Japan, that his country would boycott the U.N. debate unless the question of the deposed Shah was included. NBC's George Lewis reports.