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Iran Arms Scandal #105789

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) "Los Angeles Times" reported claiming Colonel Oliver North bragged of safe in his White House office containing large sum of money for Nicaraguan Contras; details given.

(DC: John McWethy) State Department's effort to explain status of funds solicited from Sultan of Brunei for Contras featured; scenes shown. [Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - claims donor country transferred designated amount in August] State Department said ignorant of whether money ever arrived in Swiss bank account controlled by North or what happened to it if it did. [Assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - believes Congress will continue funding Contras.] Central American allies' concern over United States policy in region now noted. [US ambassador to OAS, Richard McCORMACK - criticizes Secretary General's effort to develop peace plan independently of US.] Other indications of growing opposition to US said illustrated by Honduras' demand that Contras leave and Costa Rica's effort to form own peace initiative.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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