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Lebanon Hostages / US-Iran Deals #99873

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 10, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Contd. political fallout from White House's covert arms shipments to Iran in exchange for release of hostages in Lebanon examined; scenes shown. Mtg. of Secys. George Shultz, Caspar Weinberger, CIA director William Casey, national security adviser John Poindexter and others regarding administration's course of action now mentioned. Press spokesperson Larry Speakes and chief of staff Don. Regan quoted on screen. [Senator Sam NUNN - reacts to possibility Reagan will prevent aides from testifying in Congress investigation of operation.] [Former hostages Lawrence JENCO, Benjamin WEIR - regret that their release was possibly in exchange for arms.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(London, England: Pierre Salinger) Impact of US-Iran arms deals on power struggle to succeed Ayatollah Khomeini examined; scenes shown. Competition between Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri and Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani considered. [Prof. Fred HALLIDAY - thinks Rafsanjani is strongest at present.] Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane's July trip to Tehran to meet with Rafsanjani and Khomeini said allegedly sabotaged by Montazeri-backed Mvt. for Islamic Liberation leader Said Hashemi; details given. Current status of Montazeri-Rafsanjani feud described. Possible impact of power struggle on Iran's economy and soc. problems considered.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Salinger, Pierre

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