NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 30, 1986
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(Santa Barbara, California: Robin Lloyd) Senator Robert Dole's call for special session of Congress to investigate covert Iran arms scandal in which funds were diverted to Nicaraguan Contras noted. [Courtesy "This Wk.", DOLE - wants special session.] [President REAGAN - promises full disclosure.] President, in "Time", quoted on screen defending Iran arms shipments and praising ousted White House aide Colonel Oliver North. [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senator Richard LUGAR - thinks President should clean house ] [Courtesy "Face the Nation", Senator Robert BYRD - wants President to order independent cnsl.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - won't guarantee he'll testify before Congress] Vice President George Bush said denying any involvement.
(NYC: Chris Wallace) Focus of Israel's investigation into its role in Iran arms scandal noted.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israeli arms dealer Yaacov Nimrodi, who arranged arms-for-hostages deal with Iran, said denying profiting from operation; details given, scenes shown. Nimrodi quoted on screen. Nimrodi said claiming responsibility for Reverend Benjamin Weir's release by captors. "The Observer"'s claim that Nimrodi, with backing of Israeli government, received large sums for his role said denied. Nimrodi's background as former Israeli dipl. reviewed.
(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) Incr. evidence that Saudi Arabia played major role in US-Iran arms operation examined; details given, scenes shown. Adnan Khashoggi's alleged role as liaison between US, Israel, Iran and Contras, ostensibly on behalf of King Fahd, described. [Saudi critic Farid GADRI - explains Saudi motive in helping Iran.] [Former United States ambassador Robert NEWMAN - cites Saudi desire to help US.]