NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 13, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported announcing address to nation tonight on his secret arms deals with Iran.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) [REAGAN - explains decision; accuses media of "dissemination of misinformation."] Secretary of State George Shultz and national security adviser John Poindexter said disagreeing over speech. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - favors President's speech.] Reagan's anticipated explanation, include alleged overtures to moderate Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani in expectation of anti-Khomeini uprising, outlined on screen. Aides said claiming President first approved covert operation in July 1985. Rel. between Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson David Kimche's meeting with Robert McFarlane with regard to arms for Iran, actual shipments and release of hostages Benjamin Weir, Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen detailed. [Representative James WRIGHT - deplores dealing with terrorists.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Upcoming Congress hearings on President's actions noted.
(DC: Marvin Kalb) Pol. and economy factors apparently underlying McFarlane's call for change in United States policy toward Iran leading to arms shipments in exchange for hostages reviewed; details given, scenes shown. [McFARLANE - opposes USSR domination of Iran.] [Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - considers arms shipments counterproductive.] Impact on United States relations with European allies and Arab world discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iranian prime minister Moussavi-Khamenei reported threatening to halt hostages'release unless United States arms shipments continue. State Department said acknowledging negotiations with Iran on return of assets frozen during 1979 hostage crisis; details given. Freed hostages David Jacobsen, Benjamin Weir and Father Lawrence Jenco said asked by Church of England envoy Terry Waite to meet in London to discuss other avenues of obtaining remaining captives' freedom.