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Why it took 36 years to compensate Iran hostage victims

Clip: Season 2015 | 6m 52s

In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militant Iranian students who took 53 people captive for 444 days. The ordeal left a long-lasting toll and no chance of Iranian compensation. Now Congress has changed that under the new massive spending legislation: Survivors or their families will get up to $4.4 million each. Gwen Ifill learns more from David Herszenhorn of The New York Times.

Aired: 12/24/15

Rating: NR

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