Iran's hostility to both the United States and the Soviet Union was highlighted this week.
GV Algerian embassy in Teheran, Iran
CU Plaque outside Algerian embassy
GV Flag of Algerian ZOOM OUT TO Embassy building
CU AND SV Mojatoleslam Moussavi Kho'ini, spiritual leader of the Iranian students speaking to reporter in Farsi (3 shots)
CU Dr. Hassan Habibi, Former Iranian Foreign Minister, speaking to reporters in French
GV Judge, listening to proceedings in Teheran court
CU Iranian woman watching proceedings
SV Reporters in court
CU Tape recorder recording proceedings
Defendant, Muhammad Raza Saadati, leader of Nujahedin-E-Khalq accused of spying for the Soviet Union
GV Of judges with Kho'ini speaking
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Background: Iran's hostility to both the United States and the Soviet Union was highlighted this week. An Iranian engineer went on trial in Teheran accused of spying for the Soviet Union, and Iranian leaders attacked U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, warning that his election might delay resolution of the hostage crisis.
SYNOPSIS: On the eve of the United States Presidential election the Iranian government sent the U.S. government the official text of the demands laid down for the release of the American hostages.The text, accompanied by a request for a speedy reply, was transmitted through the Algerian embassy which represents Iranians interests in the United States, following the breaking of diplomatic ties.
On Wednesday (5 November) the spiritual leader of the students holding the hostages, Hojatoleslam Mussavi Kho'ini, said as a result of Mr. Reagan's victory the hostage issue would need more time. He said the crisis could have been over sooner if Mr. Carter had been re-elected.
Former Iranian Foreign Minister and Revolutionary Council spokesman Dr. Hassan habibi told reporters the ball was now in America's court. He said the hostages would be released as soon as the United States agreed the terms laid down by the Majlis (Parliament). But he added Iran was not prepared to wait until Mr. Reagan's inauguration on January 20 for a decision on the issue. In the past both Mr. Reagan and Mr. Carter have been depicted as equally undesirable in Iranian eyes. But since the election result was announced the Iranian news media have portrayed Mr. Reagan as more adventurist, inflexible and aggressive than President Carter. One Wednesday (5 November) Prime Minister Ali Rajai claimed Mr. Reagan was more quarrelsome and might give more support to Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, in the Gulf War.
Meanwhile a former leader of the Mujahedin-E-Khalq appeared before a Teheran court on Wednesday (5 November) on spying charges. Muhammad Saadati was arrested eighteen months ago when he was working at a Soviet-supervised steel complex in Isfahan. His arrest provoked demonstrations in Teheran by the Mujahedin whose philosophy combines Islam with Marxism. A week before the trial began the revolutionary prosecutors's office banned Mujahedin publications saying self-styled anti-imperialist groups were acting as internal agents of the super-powers.