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New United States Fleet / North-S. Yemen Conflict #263010

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 08, 1979
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(Studio) New plan with regard to United States presence off Arabian peninsula stated; USS Constellation mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Pentagon reported considering formation of United States 5th Fleet, permanently assigned to Indian Ocean area. Possibility of fleet being based at British-owned Diego Garcia stated; map shown. Persian Gulf oil routes mentioned. United States pledge to protect Saudi Arabian oil from USSR threat cited. Iran situation and Saudi skepticism with regard to United States support noted. United States offer to send F-15's to Saudi Arabia due to North-S. Yemen conflict and Saudi rejection recalled.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) North Yemen ambassador to United States quoted with regard to conflict west South Yemen.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Pappas, Ike

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