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Persian Gulf Tension / Iran-Iraq War #297254

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 30, 1984
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(Studio) Iraq reported claiming attack on naval target in Persian Gulf as massive Iranian troop build-up along border with Iraq begins.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(London, England) Iraq's attack on ship near Iran's Kharg Island oil terminal examined; details illustrated on map. Iranian President Mohammed Ali Khamenei reported underscoring Iran's tenuous position regarding financing ongoing war with Iraq; specifics discussed, include possibility of Iranian blockade of Strait of Hormuz. Relative impotence of USS Kitty Hawk or other United States naval vessels in region discussed. [British diplomacy Sir. John WILTON - explains uselessness of naval task force in such situations.] Ayatollah Khomeini's taunting of United States in matter quoted; Iraq mentioned bracing for major Iranian offensive in upcoming days. Khomeini's remarks thought in response to call for end to war by Iranian elders.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) Possibility that Iran is prepared to attack Saudi oil fields noted resulting in emergency United States weapons sales to Saudis.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Israeli defense minister Moshe Arens, meeting with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, reported criticizing United States sale of Stinger missiles to Saudi Arabia, fearing weapons will fall into terrorists' hands. [ARENS - praises current status of United States-Israeli rel.] Stinger missiles recalled intended to protect Saudi oil fields from Iranian air assaults; uselessness of such missiles against seaborne suicide raid explained. United States intelligence said identifying Iranians who completed training at Palestinian terrorist camp; Iranian terrorist Abu Mussawi recalled linked to suicide bombing of Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon. Iranian terrorist targets thought ranging from Saudi oil fields to summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California; United States officials mentioned believing Iranian terrorist attack would only come in response to Iraqi attack on Kharg Island
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Iran reported offering discounts on its oil due to current crisis; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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