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Nicaragua-US Relations #554129

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 14, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Anne Garrels) Nicaraguan defector Roger Miranda reported excellent source of information to US. Nicaraguan newspapers noted dismissing Miranda's charges involving USSR arms buildup and Sandinista leaders' secret Swiss bank accounts. Miranda quoted regarding USSR increase military support of Sandinistas. [State Department Phyllis OAKLEY - says Miranda's information correct.] [Nicaragua pres. Dan. ORTEGA SAAVEDRA - (thru translator) says Central American parties should discuss arms limitations.] USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev quoted regarding Soviet support for Sandinistas during US-USSR summit; scenes shown. Miranda quoted. [OAKLEY - Sandinistas are cynical about Guatemala Accord.] Miranda quoted regarding Sandinistas' plan to take American dipls. hostage and expand war into El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. Ortega's denial of charges noted. Miranda's defection reasons cited. Dan. Ortega's brother Defense Min. Humberto Ortega Saavedra reported has huge Swiss bank account. US officials quoted regarding Miranda's impact upon Congress and aid to Contras issue.

Brokaw, Tom;
Garrels, Anne

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