Iran Hostages: How the Bargain Was Struck

Eventually, the reality of a deadline paid off

It was dinnertime on Monday in a Washington preparing to inaugurate Ronald Reagan, and nearly midnight in Algiers, where Deputy Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher was trying to nail down the last elements of the deal to free the 52 American hostages. Christopher picked up the phone that connected him directly to the White House. Using his code name, "Superman," he was immediately put through to the President, and, in comparing notes on the latest impasse in the bargaining, the two men came up with...

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