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Lebanon Hostages / US-Iran Arms Deals #99911

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan reported briefing Senators Robert Dole and Robert Byrd and Representatives James Wright and Dick Cheney on his arms deals with Iran in exchange for release of hostages in Lebanon; Byrd's assessment of President's actions and House Intelligence Committee's upcoming hearings on issue noted. "New York Times" said claiming White House still trying to win releases of hostages Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland with arms for Iran; press secretary Larry Speakes quoted on screen. [Iranian ambassador Said RAJAIE-KHORASSANI - acknowledges receive United States arms, denies link with United States hostages' release; notes Iran wiretapped Robert McFarlane's telephone conversations with White House while he was in Iran.] McFarlane said calling for White House to explain situation. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - agrees with McFarlane.] [REAGAN - uses baseball analogy.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: David Ensor) Danish sailors union said claiming US arms have been shipped to Iran from Italian port; details of union president Heinrik Valoe's account given, scenes shown. Italian government's reaction mentioned. [International Institute for Strategic Studies spokesperson Heino KOPIETZ - explains ease in shipping large amount of armaments by sea.] Danish union officials mentioned claiming shipment of United States arms has been loaded and awaiting departure from Spanish port.

Donaldson, Sam;
Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter

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