CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 02, 1989
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(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Hostage situation in Beirut, Lebanon, discussed. Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Bob Simon) Israeli sources quoted with regard to role of Iran in hostage situation; Joseph Cicippio's execution deadline noted approaching. United States ambassador to Israel, John Kelly, reported not pressuring Israeli leaders; details given, scenes shown. [For. minister Moshe ARENS - says United States-Israeli relations are normal again.] Defense minister Yitzhak Rabin noted asserting that Colonel William Higgins had been murdered last year; United Nations undersecretary Marrack Goulding mentioned. Israelis reported continue to interrogate Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid; details given of his fear of being extradited to United States. [Israeli army advr. Uri LUBRANI - says interrogation is slow.] Israelis reported wanting to swap hostages with Hizballah.
(DC: Lesley Stahl) President Bush reported attempting to solve hostage problem through diplomacy channels; details given, scenes shown. [Bahrain foreign min. Mohammed MUBARAK - says action should be taken to stop terrorism.] [BUSH - responds.] [Senators Arlen SPECTER, Sam NUNN, John HEINZ - comment on situation.] Bush reported ordering warships in Mediterranean Sea to start moving toward Lebanon. Secretary of State James Baker reported briefed at Pentagon with regard to military options; Bush quoted.
(DC: David Martin) Cicippio reported held by pro-Iranian group called Revolutionary Justice Org. [State Department spokesperson Margaret TUTWILER - comments on Iran.] Iranian interior minister Ali Akbar Mohtashemi reported responsible for est. terrorist groups in Lebanon; details recalled from bombing of American barracks in Lebanon in 1983. [Iran expert Nathan ADAMS - comments on Mohtashemi.] [Mideast expert Geoffrey KEMP - says President Hashemi Rafsanjani would like to end hostage crisis.]