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Central America / Reagan Policy #536415

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 10, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan's efforts to defense his Central American policy due to furor over disclosure of CIA mining operation in Nicaraguan harbors noted; Senator Barry Goldwater's scathing letter of criticism cited as example
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) (Temporary audio loss.) Admin.'s temporary end to CIA- directed mining operation examined; details illustrated on map. Officials' effort to divert attention from issue by claiming anti- Salvadoran guerrillas are preparing for maj. offensive, backed by Nicaragua, noted. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - alleges possibility of military response by those involved.] Secretary of State George Shultz said recommending that White House declare World Court has no right to settle harbor mining dispute; international lack of support for United States position and possibility that Congress will halt all funds for covert operations against Nicaragua as result of administration's disregard for international law cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(DC) Congress's reaction to CIA mining of Nicaraguan waters examined; Goldwater's blistering attack on policy in letter to CIA director William Casey quoted on screen regarding mining violating international law and seen as act of war. [Senator Paul SARBANES, Patrick LEAHY - agree mining violates international law; question Reagan admin's unending "stupid" foreign policy mistakes.] Senator mentioned unconvinced by Casey's lobbying efforts. [Representatives Ted WEISS, David BONIOR, Barbara BOXER - condemn state-sponsored terrorism whether by United States or USSR ; criticize United States role as international outlaw.] Reagan recalled recently suggesting Congress should refrain from criticizing his foreign policy once it is in effect.
REPORTER: Bob Abernethy

(Studio) No. foreign vessels damaged by United States mines noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Managua, Nicaragua) Econ. impact here of CIA mining operation examined; films shown. [WOMAN - feels Sandinista government's economy policies are worse than were Somoza's.] [PHARMACIST - (in Spanish) considers Reagan and mining operation inhumane.]
REPORTER: Mike Boettcher

Abernethy, Bob;
Boettcher, Mike;
Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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