IRAN,EL SALVADOR: Hopes for the Hostages


Banisadr is off to a fast start as President

Hopes soared last week that an end to the three-month ordeal of the 50 American hostages in Tehran might be in sight. The State Department denied a Kuwaiti newspaper report that the release of the hostages was "imminent," but one Western diplomat in Tehran cautiously admitted that there were some "positive signs." In response, the U.S. announced a delay in the imposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Undoubtedly the most positive of the signs was the take-charge attitude of President Abolhassan Banisadr, 47, who took the oath of office last week after having...

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