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Persian Gulf / US-Iran / Iranian Plane Downing / Investigation / Iran #117216

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 08, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Investigation of shooting down of Iranian civilian plane by USS Vincennes in Persian Gulf reported Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Navy reported moving to remedy problems in radar identification system aboard Aegis cruisers; details given of attempts to add capacity to visually identification aircraft, scenes shown. Northrop Corp.'s TCS system explained.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Sending of condolences by government to countries from which plane victims came noted; issue of compensation to victims' families noted. Report introduced.

(Tehran, Iran: Jerry King) Response by Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani to air tragedy featured; details given, scenes shown of crowd response to his speech. Efforts by Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini to tone down radicalism of Iran in order to improve Iran's international relations detailed. Impact of both economy problems and Iran-Iraq war on Iranian morale explained.

Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Martin, John

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