ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 19, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Latest death toll in Iraqi missile attack on USS Stark in Persian Gulf reported; increase number American ships there due to agreement with Kuwait explained.
(Bahrain: David Ensor) Stark's condition described, shown. [Rear Admiral Harold BERNSEN - explains Stark's lack of contact with Iraqi plane; cites focus of naval board of inquiry into Captain Glenn Brindel's handling of situation.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Concern over allegation that Saudi Arabian combat plane in area refused to help Stark noted. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - explains Saudi officials' version of events.] Pentagon's contradictory description outlined. [Senator James SASSER - questions why only United States is protecting Persian Gulf oil shipments bound for Europe and Asia.] [WEINBERGER - responds.] Assistant defense state Richard Murphy's announcement of incrd. United States presence with Kuwaiti ships reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's condolences to families of Stark victims quoted. Info. said indicating Iraqi pilot was unaware he was firing on United States ship. [Iraqi foreign minister Tariq AZIZ - explains pilot's situation.] Upcoming items announced.