Iran and the United States remained deadlocked on Thursday (8 November) foaling the refusal by the Iranian religious leader, Ayatollah Following Khomeiny, to meet a U.
Iran and the United States remained deadlocked on Thursday (8 November) foaling the refusal by the Iranian religious leader, Ayatollah Following Khomeiny, to meet a U.S. peace mission. Iran's religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeiny said he will only negotiate the release of the sixty American hostages held in the U.S. Embassy in Teheran if the deposed Shah of Iran is returned from New York, where he is in hospital with cancer. The two-man peace mission was on its way to the Iranian capital, when it was order to remain in Turkey by officials of the U.S. State Department. In Teheran on Thursday, a middle-aged American hostage was paraded before chanting demonstrators in the grounds of the embassy. His captors said he was being humiliated because he refused to give his name. He was the firs of the sixty American and forty Asian hostages to be brought before the crowd since the students seized the embassy on Sunday (4 November).
SYNOPSIS: In the courtyard of the U.S. Embassy in Teheran, the students holding the compound pray five times a day -- facing Mecca.
This was the scene on Wednesday (7 November). The sixty Americans and forty Asians being held hostage remained out of view -- their condition unknown. But, the students said, they were being well treated. The U.S. Government has firmly rejected the students' demand that the Shah --undergoing cancer therapy in a New York hospital -- be handed over to Iran in return for the freedom of the hostages.
The student group has announced that no-one should harass or attack any foreigners in Teheran -- including Americans. But U.S. citizens remain cautious. The head of the Iranian-American Chamber of Commerce has gone into hiding, advising other Americans to stay out of sight.
The U.S. Government, meanwhile, is reported to have advised companies to evacuate their American employees.