CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1984
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(Studio) Mtgs. in United States and Saudi Arabia of Arab officials and United States representatives to discuss Iran's threat to Persian Gulf oil shipments in its ongoing war with Iraq noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) President Reagan's emergency meeting with national security advisers to discuss Persian Gulf situation as Senators met with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan examined. [BANDAR - notes repercussions of Persian Gulf conflict for international community are serious; considers United States a friend.] His earlier meeting with Secretary of State George Shultz stating Saudi intentions to respond with military force to future Iranian attacks noted; Shultz's conditions for United States military aid outlined on screen, discussed. United States said in contact with govts. of France and Great Britain regarding possibility of multintl. effort to keep Persian Gulf open.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(London, England) Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Arab ntns. reported meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today to accuse Iran of aggravating situation and violating international laws of navigation; basis of Arab cncl.'s criticism of Iran noted centered on recent missile attacks on freighters. Lloyd's of London's losses with insured freighters discussed; recent exs. given. [Lloyd's spokesperson Stephen MERRITT - thinks situation will worsen before it improves due to Iran's attitude.] Iran's approach to Persian Gulf explained. [Oil expert Anthony SAMPSON - thinks Ayatollah Khomeini is deliberately trying to involve US in election year]
REPORTER: Steve Kroft
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