CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Syria said playing role in release of 2 French hostages in Lebanon.
(London, England: Tom Fenton) European Econ. Community reported approving sanctions against Syria for its involvement in attempted terrorist bombing of El Al plane here; details given, scenes shown. [Sir Geoffrey HOWE - cites unacceptability of events.] Approved sanctions listed on screen. Secretary of State George Shultz's recent criticism of French deals with Syria and administration's past campaigns. against international terrorism recalled; damage to United States credibility now from revelations of US-Iranian arms negotiations to free American hostages in Lebanon considered. [Terrorism expert Paul WILKINSON - feels United States has undermined own policy with its irresponsibility in dealing with Iran.] [HOWE - agrees.] France's reaction to United States hypocrisy quoted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Admin.'s attempt to defense its arms deals with Iran described.
(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's meeting today with top secret aides to discuss his violation of own policy regarding negotiations with terrorists noted include Secys. of Defense and State who opposed Iran deal; scenes shown. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - denies Shultz plans to resign over issue.] Press spokesperson Larry Speakes' defense of negotiations quoted on screen. [Former hostages Father Lawrence JENCO and Reverend Benjamin WEIR - regret being released in exchange for weapons.] [Former Iranian hostage Moorhead KENNEDY - believes administration's deals with Iran set dangerous precedent; explains.] Recent release of David Jacobsen mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) Other incidents in which Reagan administration violated own policy on negotiating with terrorists said include efforts to ransom hostage Peter Kilburn from Arab Commando Cells organization; Kilburn and some other hostages said murdered after United States bombing raid on Libya's Colonel Muammar el- Kadhafi. Details given, scenes shown. Legal questions raised by administration's shipping weapons to Iran considered; national security council staff member Colonel Oliver North's role cited. [Senator Sam NUNN - calls for incrd. control of National Sec. Council]