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Persian Gulf / Mines, United States Policy #110748

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 11, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Discovery of more mines in Gulf of Oman entrance to Persian Gulf and Iran's allegation that United States planted them reported; details given, scenes shown. [Voice of Levantes Captain Nikos VOUGARIS - comments on nearby mine; remarks transcribed on screen.] Implications of mining Gulf of Oman for both oil shipping and United States convoy explained. [Iranian speaker Hashemi RAFSANJANI - (thru translator) accuses United States of planting mines.] Status of mined Texaco Caribbean tanker and of United States-protected Kuwait convoy described, shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(London, England: Barrie Dunsmore) Britain and France reported reversing earlier decision not to join United States minesweeping operation after discovery of mines in Gulf of Oman; details given, scenes shown. [British defense minister George YOUNGER - defs. their entry into foray.] Sophistication of British minesweeping operation and its limited role in gulf explained; France's program outlined. [French defense minister Andre GIRAUD - (thru translator) explains France's new position.] Lloyd's of London's assessment of impact on insurance industry's tanker coverage noted. [YOUNGER - thinks international minesweeping force isn't feasible.] United States abandonment of international peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon, recalled.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item announced.

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike

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