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Israel-Iran Arms Connection #73340

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 21, 1981
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(Studio) Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr recalled acknowledging Iranian arms connection with Israel; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Paris, France) Weapons relationship between Israel and Iran examined; Iran-Iraq war incld. in report Implications of situation for Israeli government noted. Background to rel., involving French trading company Seti, Iranian minister of roads and transportation, French intelligence ofr., United States hostage situation, Dr. J.M. Smalley, Alvis Limited, Egypt, Aero Tour charter company, Italian arms dealer D.S.D.P. in Milan, Barclays Bank in Monaco, Cargolux charter company in Luxembourg, CIA explained.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Studio) Alleged extent of Israel's international arms sales discussed.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Reaction here to Salinger's account of Iranian-Israeli arms link discussed; concern for Jews in Iran thought possibly reason for Israeli arms sales to Iran. Prime Min. Menahem Begin's silence on issue noted. Israel's possible desire to harm Iraq by arms sales to Iran considered.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(DC) Former Carter administration officials said confirming Israeli arms shipments to Iran during hostage crisis; details given. [State Department spokesperson Dean FISCHER - denies that United States-origin equipment was supplied to Iran by Israel.] [Former Defense Secretary Harold BROWN - isn't aware of specific sales.] Apparent Israeli violation of arms embargo to Iran mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Reaction of British, Italian and Luxembourg officials to situation outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reynolds, Frank;
Salinger, Pierre;
Seamans, Bill

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