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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / United Nations / International Investigation #116759

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 13, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss US attack on Iranian plane previewed; details given of plan for Vice President George Bush, rather than United States ambassador to United Nations Vernon Walters, to present United States defense Stmt. from Pentagon that United States will not monitor communications between civilian planes and air traffic controllers in Persian Gulf reported; details given of Iranian claims that downed plane communicated in English and that United States Navy could have monitored flight info.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Montreal, Canada: John McKenzie) Announcement that International Civil Aviation Org. (ICAO) may investigate incident reported [Iranian representative Hassan SHAFTY - discusses threats to civil aircraft.] United States defense of naval actions detailed. [Assistant Secretary of State Richard WILLIAMSON - says Iranian authorities must have known there was conflict in Gulf.] ICAO recommendations outlined on screen. International investigation of 1983 downing of Korean plane recalled; scenes shown; details given of "hot line" linking air traffic controllers due to Korean incident. [Korean investigation supervisor Duane FREER - says instant information on civilian flights in Gulf is needed.]

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John

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