ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 21, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraqi attack on USS Stark noted setting off major debate on United States policy in Persian Gulf; details given.
(DC: John McWethy) Assistant secretary state Richard Murphy's statement on consequences should there be an Iranian attack on United States ship in Persian Gulf noted; details given, scenes shown. [MURPHY - cites factors believed inhibiting Iranian attack.] State Department clarification later of Murphy's reference to United States war with Iran outlined. [Senator John WARNER - hopes administration proceeds under War Powers Act.] [Representative Robert TORRICELLI - believes United States and Iran are on collision course over United States protection of Kuwait ships.]
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Admin. effort to downplay prospects of war with Iran described; White House photos shown. Orders under which United States ships in Persian Gulf operate outlined on screen, explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Iraq said acknowledging 2 missiles were launched against USS Stark; details given, scenes shown. Improvement of Exocet since Falklands Island war to help missile overcome defense systems such as those aboard Stark explained. [Senator Sam NUNN - questions adequacy of US presence in Gulf.] Options under consideration by Pentagon mentioned. Joint US-Iraqi investigation of USS Stark attack said beginning with arrival of US delegation in Baghdad.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coverage of tomorrow's memorial service for Stark victims announced.