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US-Iran Arms Scandal #100124

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 25, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Israel's role in scheme to divert Iranian funds paid for United States weapons to Nicaraguan Contras examined; details given, scenes shown. Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir, foreign minister Shimon Peres and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin noted discussing impact of United States disclosure of Israel's role. [Govt. spokesperson Avi PAZNER - denies Israel knew of funds' diversions.] Concern here over possible impact on future United States-Israeli relations noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Implications of United States-Iran arms scandal for American-backed Contra operations in Central America, include possibly that operation Eugene Hasenfus was captured, examined; details given, scenes shown. [October 22, HASENFUS - believes White House directed such operations.] Evidence linking Hasenfus with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North described. [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - claims ignorance of all aspects of controversy; acknowledges North's role as intermediary.] Vice President George Bush's national security adviser Don. Gray said allegedly ordering Hasenfus' supervisor Max Gomez to El Salvador. Bush's staff said denying he was aware of situation. Question of feasibility of NSC lieutenant colonel single-handedly directing such an operation cited.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Response of Nicaraguan President Dan. Ortega quoted. Upcoming item announced.

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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