NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 06, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Indications that Reagan administration violated own policy by shipping arms to Iran in exchange for release of Lebanon hostages Lawrence Jenco, Benjamin Weir and most recently David Jacobsen reported
(DC: Marvin Kalb) Apparent confusion and disarray within administration over policy on Lebanon and Iran examined; scenes shown. [REAGAN - calls for media's halt to speculation.] Allegation that national security adviser John Poindexter has been masterminding United States arms shipment to Iran, with aide of former national security adviser Robert McFarlane, through Israel detailed; releases of Weir, Jenco and Jacobsen said coinciding with shipments. Former Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr's verification of shipments quoted on screen. McFarlane's response mentioned; split in administration with Secys. George Shultz and Caspar Weinberger disagreeing with administration's violation of own policy described.