Nation: The Hostages in Danger

Carter increases pressure against threat of spy trials

For five long weeks they have been held under threat of death in the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Their arms have been bound, and they have been forbidden to speak to one another. Their captors have subjected them to intense questioning, and even threatened some of them at gunpoint. All the while, crowds of fanatical followers of the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini have demonstrated outside the embassy walls.

Last week a climax to the hostages' ordeal, by either their trial or release, seemed closer. Iran's Foreign Minister Sadegh...

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