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In pictures: Iran hostage crisis

But neither side was in a mood for greater compromise.

In February 1980 Iran issued a new set of demands for the hostages' freedom. It called for the Shah to be handed over to face trial in Tehran, as well as other diplomatic gestures, such as a US apology for its actions.

President Carter rejected the demands, but was about to make the crisis considerably worse with an ill-conceived rescue mission.

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