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Reagan / US-Iran Arms Deals #307348

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 13, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported addressing nation tonight on his new policy toward Iran; White House spokesperson quoted.

(DC: Bill Plante) [REAGAN - explains decision behind speech; accuses press of "dissemination of misinformation."] President's anticipated remarks outlined on screen; administration's version of United States arms shipments to Iran, their relationship to release of United States hostages in Lebanon, described. [Representative James WRIGHT - notes facts belie administration's version of events.] [British political Sir Anthony KERSHAW - cites hypocrisy of Reagan's arms for Iran in light of his bombing of Libya.] [Mideast expert Michael HUDSON - considers administration's approach incoherent.]

(DC: David Martin) [International arms expert Aharon KLEIMAN - cites hostages' role in US-Iran relations] Apparent course of US-Iran dealings since December 1984 hijacking of Kuwaiti airliner reviewed; Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson David Kimche's recommendation that then-ntl. security adviser Robert McFarlane deliver military spare parts for Iran's war against Iraq discussed. [KLEIMAN - notes effectiveness of arms deals in reestablishing dialogue.] Timing of specific arms shipments to Iran with releases of hostages Ben. Weir, Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen detailed. [Iranian ambassador Said RAJAIE- KHORASSANI - denies relationship between arms deals and hostages.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) State Department said confirming negotiations with Iran for return of Iranian assets seized during 1979 hostage crisis; details given.

Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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