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Lebanon Hostages / Jacobsen, US-Iran Arms Deal #547734

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 07, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Freed Lebanon hostage David Jacobsen's White House mtg. with President and Nancy Reagan, preceded by meeting with hostage Terry Anderson's sister Peggy Say, featured; scenes shown. [JACOBSEN - cautions press about consequences for hostages of media speculation; praises President] [REAGAN - explains silence on method used to obtain hostages' release.] [JACOBSEN - warns press.]

(DC: Marvin Kalb) Capitol Hill's growing concern over administration's violation of law by trading United States arms shipments for Lebanon hostages examined; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Robert DOLE - fears long-term consequences of United States-Iran arrangement.] [Senator Robert BYRD - expects Congress investigations.] Letter to President from House committee leaders condemning United States-Iran arms deals quoted on screen. Press spokesperson Larry Speakes' claim that both Secys. George Shultz and Caspar Weinberger were aware of Iran's role said omitting their position on arrangement. Shultz quoted. [WEINBERGER - opposes any arms shipments to Iran in its war with Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iranian parliamentary speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said issuing conditions for helping United States win release of its hostages; details given.

(London, England: John Cochran) Indications that Rafsanjani's statement is aimed primarily at calming more radical elements in Ayatollah Khomeini's regime examined; details given, scenes shown. [Iranian journalist Vahe PETROSSIAN - cites Iran's need for United States high tech to counter Iraqi air supremacy.] Iran's recent agreements with France, USSR and China (Puerto Rico) reviewed. Rafsanjani's response to criticism of his dealings with United States quoted; power threat to Rafsanjani from prime minister Moussavi-Khamenei and Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri mentioned.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Ireland reported claiming United States delegation entering Iran misused Irish passports; details given.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mitchell, Andrea

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