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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Reaction #117143

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 04, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Responses to US' downing of Iranian passenger plane and to Iran-Iraq war from Vatican, Japan, Britain's Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher, Persian Gulf states, China (PR), USSR , quoted. Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) USSR 's response to incident featured; details given of comparison to Soviet downing of Korean airliner in 1983, scenes shown from American ambassador's July 4th party in Moscow. [Soviet foreign ministry spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV -says we warned United States something would happen if Navy moved into Gulf.] [Soviet lieutenant general Vladimir SHAVOL - (thru translator) discusses the downing of both planes.] Gerasimov reported both confirming USSR -Iran meeting and calling for United States withdrawal from Gulf. Reading of President Reagan's explanation of tragedy on Soviet television reported

Rodgers, Walter;
Serafin, Barry

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