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Persian Gulf / US-Iran Relations #317700

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 23, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Latest developments in deteriorating US-Iran relations stemming from United States seizure of Iranian minelaying ship in Persian Gulf listed.

(DC: Bill Plante) CBS News-"New York Times" poll on US-Iran incident outlined on screen, discussed. [President REAGAN - criticizes Congress's pressure on him to invoke War Powers Act.] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - responds.] US said now pressuring United Nations to impose arms embargo against Iran. [Iranian President Ali KHAMENEI - (thru translator) dismisses embargo concept.] [USSR foreign min. Eduard SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) cites increase volatile situation in Gulf.] [Assistant defense secretary Richard ARMITAGE - comments.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) British foreign secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe's support for UN arms embargo reported; Britain reported closing Iran's arms procurement office in London.

(London, England; Tom Fenton) Iran's arms procurement here described; scenes shown. [HOWE - notes Iranian attack on merchant tanker Gentle Breeze was deciding factor.] Europe's profit from trade with Iran considered. [Arms expert Anthony SAMPSON - thinks Europe's arms supplies for Iran dwarfs US' Irangate.] Potential implications for Iran of office closing here noted.

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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