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USS Stark Aftermath #315836

CBS Evening News for Saturday, May 23, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad, Iraq: Doug Tunnell) Arrival in Bahrain of Senator James Sasser to assess United States policy in Persian Gulf in wake of Iraqi missile attack on USS Stark noted; scenes shown. [SASSER - explains his reservations about United States- Kuwait agreement.] Iran parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani's threat against United States role in region quoted. [Institute for Strategic Studies spokesperson Major Bob ELLIOT - cites dangers to United States of Iranian sneak attacks.] Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's position on United States presence considered. [Iraqi foreign minister Tariq AZIZ - cites need for incrd. caution by everyone in area.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(DC: Terence Smith) White House meeting said scheduled for next week to decide United States naval policy in Persian Gulf; options being considered by President Reagan and developed by National Sec. Council staff listed. White House photos shown. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger mentioned. [Former Navy Secretary John LEHMAN - considers practical problems in carrying out new policy.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Concern over implications of stepped up military presence in Persian Gulf discussed; scenes shown. [Senator John GLENN - questions need to determine actual United States preparedness to defense policy with force.] Beirut Marine debacle cited as example[Senators John WARNER, James SASSER - advise administration to seek Congress and public support.] Criticism over fact that oil being protected by United States is bound for Europe and Japan while neither ally participates in own protection noted. [Representative Les ASPIN - anticipates reaction if only Americans die in Persian Gulf.]

Schieffer, Bob;
Smith, Terence;
Tunnell, Doug

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