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US-Libya Relations #306755

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 09, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Tripoli, Libya: Steve Kroft) Dictator Muammar el-Kadhafi's claim of world statesman status due to United States allies' refusal to endorse President Reagan's econ. sanctions against Libya featured; his public reversal on recent terrorist attacks on Rome and Vienna airports noted. Kadhafi, now seeing self as leader of Arab world, said announcing plans to end Iran-Iraq war and rid Mediterranean of United States bases. [KADHAFI - (thru translator) considers US challenge useful; announces postponement of suicide attacks within US.] His rhetoric on other issues listed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State George Shultz quoted on possible military action against Libya. [SHULTZ - accuses Kadhafi of aiding and abetting terrorists.] Deputy secretary state John Whitehead mentioned touring Europe next week in effort to get allied support for Reagan's sanctions.

(London, England: Tom Fenton) Incrd. security at Athens, Rome and Frankfurt airports after unconfirmed Interpol report of possible terrorist attacks there described, shown. [PASSENGER - endorses incrd. security measures.] The Irish Times interview with alleged Achille Lauro hijacking mastermind Mohammed Abbas indicating orchestrated terrorist effort against United States quoted on screen. Failure of European allies to impose economy sanctions on Kadhafi discussed. [US ambassador to West Germany Richard BURT - considers issue a moral one.] Response of Chancellor Helmut Kohl described.

Fenton, Tom;
Kroft, Steve;
Rather, Dan

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