NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 25, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Attempt to oust Panama general Manuel Noriega reported failing. Secretary of State George Shultz reported remaining in Washington, DC to resolve Noriega issue. President Reagan noted en route to Moscow summit. Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) [SHULTZ - announces negotiations collapse.] Deal noted so close that Reagan had planned to announce it prior to leaving for Moscow. Shultz quoted with regard to Noriega's ploys. [SHULTZ - comments on Noriega's attitude.] Tentative deal outlined on screen. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - comments on using force.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - attacks administration] State Department officials quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Jim Miklaszewski) Possibilities of coup d'etat discussed; intelligence sources quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Possibilities of overthrowing Noriega discussed. Noriega reported replacing officers with younger men he trusts. Noriega reported receiving assistance from Cuba. Sources quoted with regard to deal with US. Noriega reported addressing national assembly and planning to use forum to blast US.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, Senator John KERRY - comments on using military force to oust Noriega; blames administration for problems; says situation harmed United States foreign policy and war on drugs.]