NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 11, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan, waiting until all hostages had left Iran, reported criticizing Iran's handling of recent hijacking there; Secretary of State George Shultz's call for first-strike policy against terrorism if necessary noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) President's alleged reaction to Iran's role in hijacking described. [With African visitor at White House, REAGAN - notes two American hostages were murdered with another two being tortured.] [Deputy press secretary Larry SPEAKES - lists steps Iran should have taken; claims United States reaction and attitude toward Iran will be determined by its role during hijacking.] [REAGAN - will decide on retaliation later.] Shultz's recommendation, opposed by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, quoted on screen. [Pentagon spokesperson Michael BURCH - opposes US consideration of counterterrorism.] [Iranian ambassador to UN, Dr. Said Rajaie KHORASSANI - defs. his nation's handling of hijacking.] Admin. mentioned working through Arab leaders to pressure Iran; details given.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Kuwait) Arrival of freed hostages here featured; films shown. Other hostages freed in Pakistan reported claiming Iranians supplied terrorists with weapons. [John COSTA, Charles KAPAR, Captain Harry CLARK - deny Iranians aided hijackers.] [KAPAR - recalls ordeal.]
REPORTER: Ike Seamans
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