Iran's Foreign Minister, Mr.
CU Iranian Foreign Minister, Sadeq Gotbzadeh speaking in English to reporter (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: QOTBZADEH: "That will have a disastrous effect on Iran and certainly will prolong the resolution of the problem of the hostages and obviously it will have detrimental effects on the peace in the region. These are not things that one plays so easily."
ARLOTT: "What about if they do agree to sent the Shah back, there is this difficulty with the death penalty with Panama. Do you think that can be got over?"
QOTBZADEH: "I think so. Debate has started in the revolutionary Council and I am totally in favour of suspending the death penalty for him in order to get the extradition realised."
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Background: Iran's Foreign Minister, Mr. Sadeq Qotbzadeh, said on Sunday (23 March) that the former Shah's departure from exile in Panama on the eve of extradition proceedings would prolong the Teheran hostage crisis. Speaking to Visnews correspondent Tim Arlott, just before the ex-Shah left Panama for Egypt, Mr. Qotbzadeh said that moves to end the five month embassy occupation would be confused and delayed it the former Monarch evaded extradition to Iran.