Definition of Iran–Contra affair in English:

Iran–Contra affair


  • A political scandal of 1987 involving the covert sale by the US of arms to Iran. The proceeds of the arms sales were used by officials to give arms to the anticommunist Contras in Nicaragua, despite congressional prohibition.

    The sale occurred during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, at a time when official relations between the countries were suspended (and while Iran was at war with Iraq), and was followed by the release of American hostages held in the Middle East

    • ‘According to the Times, the plan was similar to one used by the Reagan administration to fund the Contras in Nicaragua through Iran in the Iran-Contra affair from 1983-88.’
    • ‘Unhappiness with the Reagan administration centered on the Iran-Contra affair, a genuine scandal in my opinion, but one that should not have over-shadowed the peace and prosperity of the Reagan years.’
    • ‘Presidents Reagan and Bush denied prior knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair, as the scandal came to be called.’
    • ‘In fact, it was the question of how to fund the contra rebels that led to the Iran-Contra affair, clearly one of the darkest hours of the Reagan presidency.’
    • ‘The scandal would later become known as the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘It didn't help that the head of the program, Admiral John M. Poindexter, had been indicted in 1988 for lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘Later in his speech, Kerry pointed to his foreign policy experience, citing his involvement in the investigation of Ronald Reagan's participation in the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘The Iran-Contra affair should have been their swan song.’
    • ‘A damaging foreign policy event was the controversial Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘He got into that shouting match with then Vice President Bush over the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘In the Iran-Contra affair, Congress acted to suppress the most damning aspects of the conspiracy and Reagan got off scot-free, as did his chief lieutenant, Oliver North.’
    • ‘John Poindexter, known for his 1991 conviction (later overturned) for lying to Congress about his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘The Iran-Contra affair involved Ronald Reagan's government selling arms to Iran.’
    • ‘Elliott Abrams, an assistant secretary of state under Reagan, pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding evidence from Congress over his role in the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘The Iran-Contra affair, the nadir of the Reagan presidency, formed a chapter in the long struggle between Congress and the executive branch over control of foreign policy.’
    • ‘Reagan's respectable ratings in spite of the Iran-Contra affair also weaken the fiasco factor as a significant reason for lower overall Republican rankings.’
    • ‘His most noted contribution in politics was his investigation of the US Government's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair of the late 1980s.’
    • ‘It would be later revealed that Manuel Noriega of Panama was the man used by the CIA to buy and distribute cocaine in the US, the backbone of the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘They do not and cannot provide definitive answers to questions about his precise role in or knowledge of some aspects of the Iran-Contra affair.’
    • ‘The Iran-Contra affair involved two initiatives undertaken by the Reagan administration.’