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Central America / Reagan Policy #536431

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 11, 1984
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(Studio) Contd. conflict between White House and Congress over CIA mining of Nicaraguan ports described; Representative Thomas O'Neill's reference to policy as terrorism cited as example House For. Affairs Committee reported approving nonbinding resolution similar to that of Senator halting funds for mining operation.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) House resolution quoted on screen. [Representative Michael BARNES - anticipates halt to all funds for covert operations against Nicaragua.] [Representative Gerry STUDDS - challenges deputy secretary state Ken. Dam's defense of mining policy.] [During Missouri campaign appearance, President REAGAN - jokes about his reaction to Senate vote.] [Senator Robert BYRD - considers CIA director William Casey's justification of Nicaraguan policy pathetic.] Byrd said proposing new confirmation hearings for President's top advisers if he gets reelected. [BYRD - feels CIA, OMB directors and others should prove themselves again.] Casey and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said winning out over Secretary of State George Shultz's opposition to mining policy; details given.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Admin. said now claiming mining stopped 2 weeks ago.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua) Econ. importance of port here and mining's impact on nation's economy discussed; attacks on foreign vessels such as Panamanian freighter in Corinto harbor described. [Govt. OFFICIAL - remains committed to keeping port open.]
REPORTER: Mike Boettcher

(Studio) Reagan administration officials, declining to be identification, reported claiming mining operation was intended to halt arms and ammunition from Nicaragua to guerrillas in El Salvador.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Boettcher, Mike;
Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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