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Persian Gulf / Kuwait Tanker #105957

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 18, 1987
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) President Reagan's response to Friday's silkworm missile attack by Iran on American-flagged Kuwaiti tanker, Sea Isle City, in Persian Gulf reported [REAGAN - won't discuss decision of United States response to attack.] Probable mil. options following White House meeting with Joint Chiefs of Staff outlined; retaliation against missile sites on Fao peninsula by planes from carrier USS Ranger noted a possibility. [Senator Sam NUNN, ex-Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - would support limited retaliation.] Senate Foreign Relations Committee report on Persian Gulf quoted with regard to Iraqi war prospects, include possibility of fall of Basra to Iran, thus cutting Iraq-Kuwait supply line. United States role to prevent Iran winning war with Iraq cited.

(Kuwait: Steve Shepard) Results of silkworm missile attack on Sea Isle City described; details given, scenes shown. Time needed to repair ship noted. [Italian shipmaster Philip TUCCI - says will continue to sail the Gulf.] [CREWMAN - says once is enough for him.] Resumption of Gulf duty by Bridgeton, a ship damaged earlier, and USS Middleton, last of reflagged Kuwaiti tankers, reported; scenes shown. Arrival of more United States ships in Persian Gulf anticipated. Iranian charges that their seamen captured in earlier incident were tortured by United States Navy reported; scenes shown from Iran TV. Mtg. of Iran prime minister Mir Hussein Moussavi-Khamenei with Syrian officials noted. Role of United States Navy in response to attack anticipated.

Serafin, Barry;
Shepard, Steve;
Zelnick, Bob

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