In response to the continuing siege at the United States Embassy in Teheran, U.S. President?
CU: U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaking in English
CARTER: "We continue to face a grave situation in Iran where our Embassy has been seized and more than sixty American citizens continue to be held as hostages, in an attempt to force unacceptable demands on our country. We are using every available channel to protect the safety of the hostages and to secure their release. Along with the families of the hostages, I have welcomed and I have appreciated the restraint that has been shown by Americans during this crisis. We must continue to exhibit such constraint. Despite the intensity of our emotions, the lives of our people in Iran are at stake. I must emphasise the gravity of the situation. It's vital to the United States and to every other nation that the lives of diplomatic personnel and the lives of other citizens abroad be protected, and I refuse to permit the use of terrorism, and the seizure and the holding of hostages to impose political demands. No-one should under-estimate the resolve of the American government and the American people in this matter. It is necessary to eliminate any suggestion that economic pressures can weaken our stance on basic issues of principle. Our position must be clear. I am ordering that we discontinue the purchasing of any oil from Iran for delivery to this country."
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Background: In response to the continuing siege at the United States Embassy in Teheran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, has halter all oil purchases from Iran. Shortly before President Carter made his announcement on Monday (12 November), Iran announced that it was cutting off oil exports to the U.S. Iran has been supplying between six and seven hundred thousand barrels of oil a day to the U.S. --representing less than one tenth of U.S. imports. President Carter spoke to the American people for five minutes in an atmosphere of mounting outrage in the country over the embassy take-over.