Press: Tehran's Reluctant Diplomats

Correspondents in Iran sift conflicting signals

Last summer 15 Western journalists, including virtually all those from the U.S., were expelled by Iran's new revolutionary government. After the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized, the regime welcomed back many of the same correspondents—with a particular goal in mind. Last Thursday the Iranian Ministry of National Guidance invited 200 foreign journalists over for lunch. Acting Foreign Minister Abol Hassan Banisadr made a sugary appeal for more sympathetic coverage of his government's attempts to retrieve the Shah, declaring, "Diplomats cannot solve this problem.

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