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Persian Gulf / United States Presence, Iran-Iraq War #111386

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 02, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Size of United States fleet in Persian Gulf compared to that during Vietnam War; Lloyd's of London noted raising insurance rates for tankers there due to escalation of attacks on them in Iran-Iraq war.

(Persian Gulf: Jim Hickey) Iranian attack on Spanish tanker Munguia described, damage shown. [Voice of CAPT. - ests. number hits.] No. other vessels Iran believed attacking outlined, indicated on map; increase presence of Britain and France explained.

(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Iran's manufacturing and stockpiling of mines near Tehran discussed; implications for Persian Gulf considered. [Mine warfare expert Scott TRUVER - notes inexpensive effectiveness of mines against naval and commercial ship mvts.; questions whether antiquated United States minesweeping equipment will counter mine threat.] Iran said negotiating with Yugoslavia for more sophisticated mines.

Hickey, Jim;
McWethy, John;
Threlkeld, Richard

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