ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 24, 1973
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(Studio) ABC's Peter Jennings visits Iran to report on Shah's importance to US.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Iran) Iran borders Persian Gulf and largest oil reserve supply in world. Iran wants to be a world power, and with enough muscle to back up oil supply, Shah could reach dream. United States supplies Iran with military equipment it wants for defense. Shah says Iran to be responsible for Persian Gulf security to guarantee oil flow to West nations. Mil. academy enrollment jumps. Iran uses United States military as model for building own military complex. Iranian specialists are trained by Americans in many instances, with American equipment and planes. Shah's commitment to West alliance vital to US. To keep oil lines flowing and sea open is critical. Powerful military needed for that.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
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