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Reagan Credibility / Speech Reaction #99953

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 14, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) President Reagan's claim, in last night's speech on his secret arms shipments to Iran, of media inaccuracies and misinformation on issue examined; scenes shown. [Last night, REAGAN - denies swapping arms for hostages.] President's failure to mention United States weapons shipments via Israel noted. [REAGAN - denies weapons sent could affect outcome of Iran-Iraq war.] His aides' contrary assessment outlined. [REAGAN - denies Iranian government complicity in terrorist acts against United States since shipments began.] Seizure of 3 more United States hostages in Lebanon since shipments began and contd. captivity of 2 others noted; Iran mentioned remaining high on State Department list of countries sponsoring international terrorism. President's speech, despite its omissions and contradictions, said confirming reports of United States arms shipments sent Iran in exchange for hostages' release. Secys. State and Defense noted encouraging United States allies to halt arms shipments to Iran while United States shipments were occurring.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reactions to Reagan's speech of Iranian president, Arab ntns., Israeli prime minister and European allies noted. "Nightline" announced.

Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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