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Iranian Premier Denies Tower Commission Claim

March 16, 1987

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Iranian Prime Minister Hussein Musavi on Monday denied the Tower commission’s statement that his deputy and his assistants negotiated with the United States.

″Such allegations are aimed at compensating the humiliation suffered by a group of Americans who illegally visited Tehran,″ Musavi was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Musavi was referring to a visit to Tehran last year by former U.S. National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane.

The report of the Tower commission on the secret sale of American weapons to Iran includes the content of cables sent by McFarlane to then-National Security Adviser Adm. John Poindexter.

According to the cables, the list of participants at two of the meetings in Tehran included a deputy prime minister and assistants to the prime minister. They were not named.

Musavi told IRNA in Tehran that parts of the report were true but others were ″fictitious.″

″Fortunately, we have the entirety of the documents on McFarlane’s visit to Tehran, which will be published in the future, if needed,″ he added.

The Tower commission concluded that the United States sold weapons to Iran in a bid to win release for American hostages held in Lebanon.

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