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Reagan / US-Iran Arms Deals #547387

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 14, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Reagan administration's public relations campaign to convince public United States arms for Iran were not linked to release of Lebanon hostages examined; details given, scenes shown. [President REAGAN - claims hostages' release was unexpected bonus; denies arms-for-hostages ransom payments.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - notes each time arms shipment was made, hostage was released.] [Danish seaman's union spokesperson Henrik BERLAU - notes hostage was released each time Danish ship from Israel arrived in Iran.] President, chief of staff Don. Regan and national security adviser John Poindexter recalled all denying any weapons sent Iran were offensive; Israel's opposite version of events cited. New United States sanctions against Syria, announced by White House to deflect attention from Iran affair, outlined on screen.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) United States arms for Iran, in wake of Iceland summit confusion, noted creating credibility problem for Reagan administration's foreign policy apparatus.

(DC: Marvin Kalb) Question raised about administration's foreign policy competence and who's implementing it, raised by Iran arms deals, examined; details given, scenes shown. Secretary of State George Shultz said excluded from Iran deal due to his opposition to plan. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - acknowledges Shultz's lack of involvement.] European allies' criticism of Reagan administration's hypocrisy explained. [Voice of British foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - believes concessions lead to more hostage incidents.] [Labor party leader Denis HEALEY - expects Reagan to experience difficulty in getting support for future anti-terrorist actions; cites Libyan bombing as example] Reaction among pro-Iraqi Arab countries described. [Arab League spokesperson Clovis MAKSOUD - feels US has abandoned its neutral position on Iran-Iraq war.] [King HUSSEIN - laments developments.] Possibility United States move will backfire in power struggle between moderates and hard-liners to succeed Ayatollah Khomeini noted. [Senator Carl LEVIN - believes administration has given carte blanche to terrorists.] [Senators Robert DOLE, David DURENBERGER - acknowledge administration's foreign policy credibility problems now.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Chief of staff Don. Regan's initial defense of arms shipments to Iran outlined. [REGAN - admits possible mistake; denies hostage releases were linked to arms shipments, claims Hizballah captors have not had demands met.] Iranian president Hojatolislam Mohammed Ali Khameini's version of events outlined, quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mitchell, Andrea

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