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Persian Gulf / Kuwait Tanker / United States Retaliation #105979

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 19, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) United States Navy attack on Iran oil platform used as mil. base in retaliation for Iran missile attack on American-flagged Kuwaiti tanker, Sea Isle City, in Persian Gulf reported; details given, scenes shown. Target's site halfway between Strait of Hormuz and Fao peninsula shown on map on screen. Sea Isle City missile attack reviewed. Iranian navy's challenging of cargo ships in Gulf cited. Anti-American protest in Tehran, Iran, shown courtesy of Iran TV. Warning of retaliation by Iran president Ali Khamenei against President Reagan's "mistake" reported Informal response to US actions by area's Arab states noted; reaction by Iran noted expected.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Pentagon position that this was a limited military, and not economy, response reported [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - notes military use of oil platform against Gulf shipping and United States helicopters there.] Naval attack outlined on screen; details given, scenes shown. Other possible mil. targets and why they were not attacked noted: missile sites on Fao peninsula, military base at Bandar Abbas. [WEINBERGER - notes message to Iran is that it can't attack neutral shipping in Gulf.] [Chairperson joint chiefs of staff Admiral William CROWE - predicts Iran will continue to find ways to hurt us.] [Iran ambassador to United Nations Said RAJAIE-KHORASSANI - says Iran entitled to defend self.] Impact of American force against Iran upon Iraq noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike;
Zelnick, Bob

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