FORMER IRANIAN PRESIDENT REVEALS SECRET US TALK WITH IRAN – 05/10/1988

[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 95 

OCTOBER 5 1988

“I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency.”

Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana, Vice Presidential Debate (Oct. 5, 1988)

Today (05/10/1988) Hafez Dalkamoni leaves Cyprus and re-entered Germany. He resides in Neuss – 16 Irarstrasse. The apartment is rented by Hassem Abassi, his brother in law, who works nearby as a local greengrocer.

Intelligence

October 5, 1988, a French television network, La Cinq, reported that three meetings between Richard Lawless, a US citizen, and high level Iranian negotiators had taken place at Glyon, near Montreux, in late August and early September. A fourth meeting occurred in early October.

The Iranians negotiators were named as Mohammad Javad Laridjani, Mahmoud Jamali, Nasrollah Kazemi Kamyab and Abolghasem Mesbahi. All of them are quite well known senior officials and worked for the Foreign Affair Ministry, except Abolghasem Mesbahi who was representing Rafsanjani.

Exiled Iranian President Connects Both Candidates to Hostage Talks

Today, former Iran President Bani-Sadr said that, according to his information, Richard Lawless negotiated the release of Mithileshwar Singh, an Indian professor and a legal resident of the United States. Singh was freed Monday in Beirut, Lebanon.

BaniSadr

The White House denied that Lawless is on an official mission.

”There is a fellow named Lawless. He is over there. What he’s up to, nobody knows. But he doesn’t represent the United States. . . . He does not represent the Vice President or the President or anybody else,” Marlin Fitzwater, a spokesman for the White House, said in Washington

According to a former Government official, Lawless has worked in the operations directorate of the Central Intelligence Agency until several years ago. Lawless had served in the United States Embassy in South Korea in the years when Donald P. Gregg had been the C.I.A. station chief there. Donald P. Gregg is now the national security adviser to Vice President Bush.

 “There has been a delivery of arms to Iran,” Mr. Bani-Sadr said. ”Does that have something to do with the release? I don’t know.”

The Race to the White House

While Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis tapped Bentsen as his running mate, the Vice President George Bush has chosen Senator Dan Quayle of Indiana.

During the Oct. 5, 1988, Vice Presidential debate, Quayle said:

“I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency.”

“Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy,” Bentsen replied.

NOTES AND REFERENCES

Exiled Iranian President Connects Both Candidates to Hostage Talks , October 5, 1988

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