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Lebanon / Hostages / Rumors #318796

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Rumors with regard to alleged transportation of United States arms to Iran via South Korea in exchange for hostages' freedom reported Beirut newspaper quoted re: Anglican envoy Terry Waite and United States hostages. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) Reagan administration reported sending Iranian officials message denying any connection to alleged arms for hostages trade; message and Iran's response quoted on screen. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says private individuals have no right to speak for United States government] Israeli newspaper "The Nation" quoted on screen with regard to release of hostage Mithileshwar Singh and S. Korea's involvement. [S. Korean energy minister LEE Bong-Suh - says allegations are groundless.] [Journalist Giori SHAMIS - comments on his article.] [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says charges are false.] Ex- Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr recalled claiming that ex-intelligence official Richard Lawless had negotiated for hostages on behalf of Vice President George Bush. Bush's denial quoted on screen. Iran-Contra scandal recalled. [Senator Sam NUNN - comments.] White House officials quoted with regard to individuals attempting to free hostages.

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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