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Persian Gulf / Minesweeping, United States Policy #110750

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

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Pentagon's response to British and French decision to join Gulf of Oman minesweeping operation after discovery of more mines there today, believed placed by Iran, noted; details given, scenes shown. Devices involved said World War I Russian-made, probably purchased from North Korea; US convoy arriving in Kuwait today mentioned assumed to have been mines' target. Weekend incident between United States and Iranian jet fighters reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's refusal to implement War Powers Act due to situation in Persian Gulf said now under review and may change; details given, scenes shown. [Representative Tony COELHO - cites extensiveness of US mil. presence in region as compared to that during Vietnam War.] War Powers Act explained, quoted on screen; relevance of USS Stark, Bridgeton and weekend confrontation between United States &Iranian pilots cited. Press spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater's explanation for administration's refusal to enact War Powers Act so far outlined on screen, discussed. [COELHO - explains Congress's legal action against administration on issue.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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