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US-Iran Arms Deals #99936

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 13, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane reported detained in Tehran, Iran, recently while United States arms received there were tested.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) CIA director William Casey reported changing focus of agency position paper in 1985 from United States arms for Iran as means of improving post- Ayatollah Khomeini relations to arms-for-hostages in unsuccessful bid to rescue hostage William Buckley; details given, scenes shown. Plan said dormant until Algerian dipls. and Israeli foreign ministry director general David Kimche recommended swapping arms for United States hostages in Lebanon. [Israeli defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - denies Israel sold any United States arms without permission of United States government] Attorney General Edwin Meese said claiming Congress need not be notified about deals if weapons shipments were Israeli-based operation; F-14 fighter planes spare parts' exception to plan explained. Growing criticism in State and Defense depts. over national security adviser John Poindexter's role in affair noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Scope of United States arms shipments, allegedly via TWA flights from Europe and/or Cyprus-to-Israel routes, described.

(No location given: Charles Glass) Danish seamans union's claims of large number United States arms shipments to Iran over past 6 years examined. [Union vice president Henrik BERLAU - describes subterfuge used to hide shipments.] Shipments' routes illustrated on map, discussed. [BERLAU - cites relationship between specific shipments and releases of hostages Benjamin Weir, Lawrence Jenco and David Jacobsen.] Union's concern over Iraq's possible bombing of their ships carrying arms for Iran noted.

Reporter(s):
Glass, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob
Duration:
00:04:30

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