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US-Iran Relations / Persian Gulf Mines, United Nations #111441

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 22, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Navy's seizure of Iranian ship during mine laying operation near Bahrain featured; details given, scenes shown. [Rear Admiral Harold BERNSEN - describes mines seized.] Later incident between US warship and Iranian Hovercraft described, shown. [BERNSEN - notes implications of location of seized Iranian warship.] [Pentagon spokesperson Fred HOFFMAN - considers incident one of hostile intent by Iran.] Details of US attack and seizure of Iranian ship reviewed; Bernsen mentioned in contact with Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson Admiral William Crowe. [HOFFMAN - notes significance of incident.] Possibility of Iranian retaliation mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iranian speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani's response outlined.

(NYC: John McWethy) United States delegation's walkout during speech to United Nations General Assembly by Iranian President Ali Khamenei featured; details given, scenes shown. [KHAMENEI - (thru translator) accuses United States of lying, of attacking merchant vessel; warns of "series of events" beginning now and not limited to Persian Gulf.] United States walkout said led by deputy chief of mission Herbert Okun. [KHAMENEI - (thru translator) threatens US.] [OKUN - reads statement] Persian Gulf incident yesterday and Khamenei's speech today said apparently solidifying United Nations Sec. Council support for arms embargo against Iran. [British for. secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - responds to Khamenei's speech.] [Secretary State George SHULTZ - comments on Iran's threats against US.] United States dipl. facilities said placed on high state of alert.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Zelnick, Bob

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