Despite various diplomatic and political moves in Iran and the United States, sixty Americans were still being held among the one hundred hostages inside the United States Embassy in Teheran on Monday (12 November) -- the eighth day of the siege by Iranian students.
Despite various diplomatic and political moves in Iran and the United States, sixty Americans were still being held among the one hundred hostages inside the United States Embassy in Teheran on Monday (12 November) -- the eighth day of the siege by Iranian students. The original demand of the students was the return of the deposed Shah from a New York hospital, where he is receiving treatment for cancer, in order to face trial for treason.
SYNOPSIS: Every day of the occupation, mass demonstrations in support of the Moslem students have been held outside the Embassy. On Tuesday (13 November) a member of Iran's ruling Revolutionary Council suggested that there could be an alternative method of securing the release of the Embassy personnel Sadeq Qotzbadeh told a news conference that the release hinged upon two demands. One was a public announcement in the United States describing the Shah as a criminal and the second was the establishment of an international court to investigate his so-called crimes.
Mr. Qotzbadeh's comments were interpreted as a softening of the Iranian position on the hostages. Previously, the students occupying the Embassy had demanded nothing short of the Shah's return. Since the resignation of the government of Mehdi Bazargan at the beginning of the occupation, the Revolutionary Council headed by the Ayatollah Khomeiny has been in control of the country. The students have released a tape recording -- claimed to have been made of one of the hostages -- calling upon President Jimmy Carter to return the Shah. The same day, the United States government announced that oil imports from Iran would be halted until the siege was over.