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Persian Gulf / Mines #110794

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 13, 1987
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Iran's offer to sweep Persian Gulf region for mines, believed by rest of world to have been planted by them initially, reported; details given, scenes shown. Iranian minesweeping ships noted also capable of laying mines; Texaco Africa tanker reported spotting mine near its anchorage off United Arab Emirates. United States Navy divers said allegedly participating in secret minesweeping operation off UAE. Mobil and Chevron mentioned ordering its tankers to avoid coast. [Captain John ELLIS - notes such mines will damage tankers, but not sink them.] Status of US- protected Kuwaiti convoy reported

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Scope of United States Persian Gulf operation and taxpayers' burden discussed; scenes shown. [Pentagon spokesperson Robert SIMS - denies undue cost to US.] Fleet's budget savings unless fighting breaks out considered; USS Stark damage cited as example [Brookings Institution spokesperson Joshua EPSTEIN - notes risk of escalation, not money, is the cost issue.] Mil.'s concern over diverting ships from other key locations mentioned.

Koppel, Ted;
Lee, Mike;
Zelnick, Bob

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