CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 06, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's effort to dampen reports of United States arms deal with Iran in exchange for help in freeing American hostages in Lebanon examined; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - asks for media to stop speculating.] United States sources said confirming Iranian claims that former national sec. adviser Robert McFarlane led United States delegation to Tehran to negotiate arms deal in exchange for releases of Benjamin Weir, Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen. National security adviser Admiral John Poindexter's statement of denial Tuesday quoted on screen. [January 18, 1985, REAGAN - cites commitment to not making concessions to terrorists.] [Former deputy secretary state Warren CHRISTOPHER, Senator Robert BYRD - oppose arms deals with Iran in exchange for hostages.]
(DC: David Martin) United States arms shipments to Iran, under direction of McFarlane, aide Oliver North, Israel and retired American military officers examined; latter noted also involved in Contra arms shipments. Secretary of State George Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said omitted from operation. 1985 shipments via Israel resulting in Weir's release described. Former Iranian Prime Min. Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said claiming more shipments this year; details given, scenes shown.