American President Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday (20 November) that he would consider using force against Iran if hostages at the U.
American President Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday (20 November) that he would consider using force against Iran if hostages at the U.S. Embassy are put on trial for spying. Iran's revolutionary leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, maintains that there is evidence to show that the hostages are spies. Ten black and female hostages, who were released on Tuesday, flew to West Germany on Their way back to the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The hostages were accompanies to Teheran airport by the Ayatollah's soon, Ahmad. But it seemed that the remaining hostages faced a long period of captivity. The Ayatollah said in an address to the nation that President Carter was suffering from the same 'sickness' as the exiled Shah. He said the espionage of the remaining hostages had been proved, although President Carter claimed they were diplomats. At the airport, the released hostages told reporters they were concerned about those they had left behind.
According to the Ayatollah, the United States can only secure the release of the hostages by returning the deposed Shah, undergoing treatment for cancer in a New York hospital. But in Washington a State Department spokesman said any trial of the hostages would be 'illegal and unacceptable'. The spokesman said the U.S. wanted the immediate release of the hostages.
From Teheran the 10 released hostages were flown on an Iranair jumbo jet to Orly airport in Paris. They left the plane and were transferred to a bus during their brief stop-over before boarding another aircraft to West Germany. The group of ten were the second to be released. The day before three hostages had been allowed to leave on the orders of the Ayatollah. He said the thirteen were released either because they were black or female, or had been shown not to be spies. Two women and one black are among the remaining hostages at the American embassy.
The ten men and a women were flown to Frankfurt because of the presence nearby of an American Air Force base where they could be given medical examinations and questioned about their captivity. They were driven in an Air Force hospital bus to the base at Wiesbaden, where they were reunited with the three hostages released the day before. An American spokesman told a news conference that, considering their two-week ordeal, the hostages were in good physical condition and excellent spirits.