Iran's unofficial head of State, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said on Thursday (22 November) that it would not be possible to restrain Moslem militants as have vowed to kill the 49 remaining American hostages in the U.
SV INTERIOR: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini speaking in Farsi in Qom.
SV: Head of Amnesty International, Sean MacBride arriving at Foreign Ministry building in Teheran. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: MacBride talking to NBC John Hart (4 shots)
HART: "Sean MacBride's credentials include the Nobel Peace Prize, the Lenin Prize, the American Medal for Justice, and more pertinent to this visit, is a founder of Amnesty International, which investigates violations of human rights all round the world. After spending time with Iran's Foreign Minister, MacBride suggested a formula for the beginning of a search to a solution, and that is for the American government to acknowledge that what the Shah did as ruling monarch here is wroth investigating."
MacBRIDE: "If we would acknowledge that the events that took place here during the Shah's regime need to be investigated?"
HART: "Just so that I understand what I think you said, if the American government simply acknowledges that what the Shah did is worth investigating, you think that the students might be persuaded by this government to release the hostages?"
MacBRIDE: "I think it could open the way to meaningful discussions."
REPORTER: JOHN HART
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Background: Iran's unofficial head of State, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said on Thursday (22 November) that it would not be possible to restrain Moslem militants as have vowed to kill the 49 remaining American hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Iran if the United States attacked Iran. Speaking in the Iranian holy city of Qom, the Ayatollah said that if the U.S. attacked "we would not be able to restrain our youth because of an upsurge of their feelings".
SYNOPSIS: The Ayatollah was speaking to a group of one hundred and twenty officers from Pakistan's armed forces. They were visiting him in Qom after a pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. he told them: "Carter cannot attack Iran because the world will not let him. If he dopes, our people will fight tooth and nail". Meanwhile, in Teheran human rights campaigner Mr. Sean MacBride, was visiting. NBC's John Hart reports.