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US-Iran Arms Controversy #547547

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 23, 1986
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(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(DC: Robin Lloyd) Pressure on President Reagan from California supporters such as Attorney General Edwin Meese to remove Secretary of State George Shultz, chief of staff Don. Regan and national security adviser John Poindexter as effort to halt growing controversy over his covert arms deals with Iran examined; details given, scenes shown. Nancy Reagan's role in obtaining advice from Holmes Tuttle, Stuart Spencer and others described. "Washington Post" and "Los Angeles Times" said both claiming Shultz could possibly be replaced by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Regan by former Trans. Secretary Drew Lewis and Poindexter by Jeane Kirkpatrick. [Courtesy "Face the Nation", Senators Dale BUMPERS, Robert DOLE - think Poindexter is most likely to leave; recall Richard Nixon's failure to cut his losses.] [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senator Sam NUNN - cites necessity for President to shoulder some of the blame; explains.] Aides' description of extent of Reagan's involvement in operation outlined. Nancy Reagan's ultimate role considered.

(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) Indications of CIA's pertinent role in Iranian controversy examined; details given, scenes shown. [Director William CASEY - denies violating law.] [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senators Sam NUNN, David DURENBERGER - believe CIA was involved more than currently known.] Agency's specific actions described. [Intelligence analyst David WISE - notes CIA's penchant for self-destructiveness.] Casey's failures recalled include mining Nicaraguan harbors, booklet of instructions on political assassinations for Contras and loss of 2 spies to USSR .] [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - believes such debacles have eroded public's confidence in agency.]

(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Growing controversy here over increase evidence of Israel's role in United States arms shipments to Iran examined; details given, scenes shown. [Knesset member Abba EBAN - cites need for checks and bals.] Danish sailors'implication of Israel reviewed; reactions of Jordan and Egypt noted. [President Hosni MUBARAK - wants United States to do something to restore its credibility in Mideast.]

(Studio: Chris Wallace) "New York Times" said claiming Saudi Arabia is involved as well in arms shipments to Iran; details given.

Fletcher, Martin;
Lloyd, Robin;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Wallace, Chris

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