ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 18, 1988
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5:30:30PERSIAN GULF / US-IRAN
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Worst day of violence in Persian Gulf since US assumed role of protecting shipping there reported; damage to USS Samuel B. Roberts by mine laid by Iran recalled. Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Attacks by United States warships on Iranian oil platforms at Sirri and Sassan reported; details given, scenes shown, map shown. [Joint chiefs of staff chairperson Admiral William CROWE - details battle between Iranian warship and US ships.] Iranian retaliatory raid against American-operated oil platform cited. [Voice of oilworker Bob JACKSON - describes incident.] Attack by Iranian patrol boats on British tanker reported; scenes shown. United States attack planes from USS Enterprise reported sinking three Iranian patrol boats and hitting Iranian frigate in Gulf of Hormuz. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - describes damage to frigate.] Incident of exchange of fire between another US plane and second Iranian frigate noted. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - says hostile intent must be assumed.] Casualty figs. discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report from Iran radio/TV that Iran is at war with US noted. Comparative firepower of United States and Iran in Persian Gulf outlined on screen. Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Response from White House to situation in Persian Gulf reported [REAGAN - says United States will deter Iranian aggression.] September 1987 capture of Iranian minelaying ship by Navy recalled; scenes shown. Process of administration's decision to respond to mining incident involving USS Samuel B. Roberts explained. Stmt. from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater about attack and Iranian response quoted. [Vice President George BUSH - says United States will live up to its commitments.]
(DC: Brit Hume) Response of Democrat president cands. to Reagan's actions reported [Governor Michael DUKAKIS - says he can't comment on what has happened in Middle East.] [Senator Albert GORE - says it seems justified.] [Jesse JACKSON - comments.] Support from Congress, include Senator Robert Byrd, noted. [Five CONG. - respond.] Issue of technical requirements of War Powers Act outlined on screen. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - says War Power Act has been activated.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: John McWethy) Reasons for Iranian challenge to United States in Persian Gulf examined; scenes shown of Iranian oil platform set ablaze by United States in October 1987. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says Iranians should have gotten message.] Recent incidents (hijacking of Kuwaiti airplane, finding of new mines in Persian Gulf) reviewed; scenes shown. [Carnegie Endowment Geoffrey KEMP - says Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's regime is deliberately stirring up trouble for United States .] Factional pols. in Iran discussed; scenes shown of Iran-Iraq war. [Brookings Institution Judith KIPPER - says some factions want to keep "the hot wars" going.] Iranian 1988.04.18 through hatred of United States noted. u-5:40:30 Monday ABC nity