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'Argo' Oscar Spurs Ex-Hostages To Call For Sustained Iran Talks

Bruce Laingen and John Limbert, who were hostages in Iran from 1979-81, say they hope the movie "Argo" will encourage diplomacy with Iran and not just dredge up old grievances.
Director and producer Ben Affleck accepts the Oscar for best picture for "Argo" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 24, 2013.      REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)  (OSCARS-SHOW) - RTR3E97K

A day after Argo won the Oscar for best picture, two of the former U.S. hostages in Iran said the film, which deals with the 1979-81 crisis, should spur efforts to resolve differences diplomatically, not just underline mutual grievances.

Appearing on Capitol Hill Monday [Feb. 25] on the eve of new talks in Kazakhstan between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, Bruce Laingen and John Limbert called for deeper engagement to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and other contentious issues.

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