CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 16, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Iranian silkworm missile's hitting US-flagged Kuwaiti ship reported Report introduced.
(Kuwait: Allen Pizzey) Video of damaged Kuwaiti vessel shown; details given. First direct attack on US-flagged ship noted. [Injured CREWMAN - says the missile struck without warning and he never heard it coming.] Iran's denial of attack mentioned. [President Ali KHAMENEI - says only God knows from whence the missile came.] Iran television video of morning prayers shown. Incr. Gulf tension discussed. United States Navy patrolling area as warning to Iran noted. [NBC REPORTER, helicopter PILOT - discuss being fired upon by Iranian warships.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Geographical map of Persian Gulf used to indicate importance of Iran's location. President Reagan's vast showing of United States force in Persian Gulf mentioned. Report introduced.
(DC: Terence Smith) Attack on Kuwaiti ship mentioned. [REAGAN - says he is in discussion with Kuwaiti government and would never give a suggestion of what he would do now.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says the attack was aimed at Kuwait not the US.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - says the attack was on the US.] [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says this is an outrageous act of aggression by Iran.] International law's giving United States grounds for retaliation cited. [International Law Prof. John MOORE - says the attack was on the United States and we have the right to respond.] Possible retaliatory options graphically illustrated. United States decision to respond to Iranian aggression said possible.