ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 04, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Stmts. by President Reagan, Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini and USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers about yesterday's downing of Iranian plane by United States missile reported Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Report by Rogers to Pentagon about approaching aircraft quoted; details given of questions raised by incident; diagrams shown. [US Navy Vice Admiral Joseph METCALF (ret.) - comments.] Problems of iden. aircraft from radar blips explained. [Ex-ntl. security advisor Brent SCOWCROFT - discusses radar operator.] Issue of plane's failure to respond to USS Vincennes detailed. [Jane's defense data spokesperson Paul BEAVER - explains why plane may not have answered.] Last year's attack on USS Stark by Iraqi missiles recalled.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Stark commander Glenn Brindel recalled allowed to quit Navy after missile attack on his ship. Report introduced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) Response from Reagan and president cands. to incident reported; scenes shown. [REAGAN - calls it understandable accident; explains differences between incident and USSR 's attack on Korean airliner in 1983.] [Vice President George BUSH - backs ship's captain ] [In Boston, Massachusetts, Governor Michael DUKAKIS - discusses dangers of Iran-Iraq war.] [Jesse JACKSON - questions US Persian Gulf policy.] Issue of reparations to families of those killed outlined.
(Studio: Barry Serafin) Attacks by Iranian president Ali Khamenei on Reagan admin. reported; Iranian threats of revenge noted. Report introduced.
(Persian Gulf: Mike Lee) Response of Persian Gulf states to incident reported; scenes shown of victims' bodies being displayed and of Iranian day of mourning in area. [IRANIAN - says he had many relatives on plane.] [MAN - expresses shock at killings.] [Voice of Iranian air CONTROLLER - comments on air space.] Indications of possible Iranian retaliation detailed. [Khomeini representative Syed Raza BORGHAEI - (thru translator) discusses targets of revenge.]