Statement on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy


November 19, 1986


There may be some misunderstanding of one of my answers tonight [at the news conference]. There was a third country involved in our secret project with Iran. But taking this into account, all of the shipments of the token amounts of defensive arms and parts that I have authorized or condoned taken in total could be placed aboard a single cargo aircraft. This includes all shipments by the United States or any third country. Any other shipments by third countries were not authorized by the U.S. Government.