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Iran Arms Scandal #100750

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 04, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Miami, Florida: Peter Collins) System by which United States arms were legally shipped to Contras in Nicaragua via Southern Air Transport, Cargo Handlers, Airmach and Markair and possible connection with illegal Iranian arms sales and diversion of those funds to Contras explained; details given, scenes shown. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - explains State Department's legal involvement.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Southern Air Transport's history as CIA airline and current investigation of company's role in Iran arms scandal examined; details given, scenes shown. Extent of Southern Air's cargo flights to El Salvador from various points internationally, as indicated by Trans. Department records, outlined. [October 22, Eugene HASENFUS - recalls William Cooper's explanation of flights under auspices of Corporate Air Services.] Implication that Corporate Air Services was front company considers. Southern Air's financial status under chief executive James Bastian outlined on screen; Bastian recalled once operating CIA airline in S.E. Asia. [Senator John KERRY - notes appearance that Southern Air was used to circumvent the law and Congress] Congress's halt today of further military flights to El Salvador until questions are answered mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Indications that secret United States arms sales to Iran, via Israel, are greater than originally thought and bearing such weapons are having on Iran-Iraq war examined; details given, scenes shown. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN -outlines new official United States policy toward arms sales to either Iran or Iraq.] [Iran analyst Gary SICK - ests. value of shipments; believes Iran's military capability has been substantially improved as result of United States weapons; thinks Iran achieved its goals while United States gained nothing from the shipments.] Secretary of State George Shultz said discussing issue Monday before House For. Affairs Committee

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Check allegedly issued Adnan Khashoggi by Iran for weapons shown, discussed. "Nightline" announced.

Collins, Peter;
Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
McWethy, John

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