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Iran-Iraq War #293035

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1983
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(Studio) Iran reported announcing ban on all ships traveling to Iraq through Straits of Hormuz, entrance to Persian Gulf.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Significance of continuing Iran-Iraq war to United States due to oil supplies through Persian Gulf explained. [Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar VELAYATIN - (thru translator) threatens complete closure of Hormuz Straits.] Iran's threat said prompted by French plan to sell fighter jets to Iraq; details given. Current status of Iranian military presence in straits outlined; apparent impact of United States involvement in Central America and Lebanon on its ability to provide naval show of force in region cited. Task force from Philippines thought arriving next week.
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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