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Lebanon Hostages / US-Iran Rel. #100251

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 06, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) US-Iranian arms deals since latter helped obtain release of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijack hostages in 1985 from Hizballah terrorists in Lebanon examined; former national security adviser Robert McFarlane said beginning dialogue with Iran which conts. under successor Admiral John Poindexter. [Mideast expert Barry RUBIN - explains administration's policy toward Iran and hostages in relationship to Iran-Iraq war.] Link between hostages' releases and reported arms deals said illustrated by Reverend Benjamin Weir, Reverend Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) McFarlane's reaction to reports of his recent trip to Tehran quoted. [President REAGAN - asks media to halt speculation on story.] Implications for administration's policy toward Iran considered; Poindexter's recent claim that United States arms embargo against Iran conts. cited as ex. [Arab League spokesperson Clovis MAKSOUD, Brookings Institution spokesperson Thomas McNAUGHER - note reactions of Arab countries and United States allies to United States arms deals with Iran.] [Senator Dan. MOYNIHAN - disagrees.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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