NICOSIA, Cyprus — The Speaker of Iran's Parliament said today that Tehran will help free U.S. hostages in Lebanon if "America stops being a bully" and delivers weapons bought by the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
In a sermon at Tehran University, Hashemi Rafsanjani denied reports that Israel was involved in the Reagan Administration's deliveries of arms to Iran.
Washington has said that "defensive weapons" were shipped to Iran with Israeli help in an effort to improve relations with Tehran. The weapons were delivered despite a 1979 embargo on the sale of U.S. arms to Iran.
"If America stops being a bully and returns our materiel held there, we will call on the Lebanese people to help you on the question of the hostages," Rafsanjani said.