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Iran Arms Scandal #552581

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 11, 1987
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(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(DC: James Polk) Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iran arms scandal said revealing President Reagan's personal fundraising efforts on behalf of Nicaraguan Contras during period that official United States aid was barred; details given, scenes shown. President, Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, CIA director William Casey and national security adviser John Poindexter mentioned all discussing issue in NSC meeting; following that meeting, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane said later report to Shultz that uniden. source, believed to have been Saudi Arabia, had honored Reagan's request for aid to Contras through its political organization, the United Nicaraguan Opposition. Contra leaders' reaction to story outlined. [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senator David BOREN - cites inconclusive evidence that Colonel Oliver North was following President Reagan's lead.] Efforts to locate funds deposited in Swiss bank account by Sultan of Brunei for Contras mentioned continuing.

(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(DC: Robin Lloyd) Senator report's portrayal of Israel's alleged role in scandal outlined, quoted on screen. [Israeli correspondent Shimon SHIFFER - believes Israel was involved.] Ostensible roles of hostage Reverend Benjamin Weir's release, Israeli official David Kimche, McFarlane, then-Prime Min. Shimon Peres outlined. [Courtesy "Meet the Press", Senators David BOREN, William COHEN - hold United States accountable for operation's continuation.] Scandal's impact on United States- Israeli relations, despite next month's visit of Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir, considered; national security adviser Frank Carlucci reported turning down request to meet with Israeli official tomorrow.

(Studio: Chris Wallace) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Pol. impact here of Reagan administration's effort to blame Israel for Iran arms scandal examined; details given, scenes shown. [Communications minister Amnon RUBENSTEIN - wants full investigation.] Prime minister's aide Amiram Nir's work with North in coordinating arms shipments reviewed; Shamir's alleged perception of Nir mentioned. Shamir and Peres said questioning Nir again this week [PERES - remains committed to original position.]

Fletcher, Martin;
Lloyd, Robin;
Polk, James;
Wallace, Chris

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