CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 04, 1989
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) United States Navy fighter planes reported shooting down 2 Libyan jets in Mediterranean Sea. Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) Incident illustration; map of area shown. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - says United States pilots acted in self defense; cites rules of engagement; says nature of radar is unknown.] Both Libyan pilots noted bailing out. Recent claims made by United States with regard to chemical weapons plant that Libyan leader Muammar el-Kadhafi is suspected of building noted. [CARLUCCI - denies connection between air altercation and planned military strike against chemical weapons plant.] United States recalled shooting down Libyan jets in 1981. Kadhafi's death threat against President Reagan after that incident noted. Bombing of West Berlin disco in 1986 and United States retaliation discussed. Pentagon and State Department reported issuing warnings with regard to terrorist threats. (Studio: Bob Schieffer; DC: David Martin) Whether or not pilots had right to fire upon Libyan jets noted unknown until investigation is conducted; Carlucci quoted.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Libya's ambassador to United Nations reported calling for emergency session of security council to condemn United States actions.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer; Tripoli, Libya: Peter Schweitzer) Audio description given of Libyans' reaction to incident. Libyans noted convinced that United States was attempting to destroy their chemical plant; Kadhafi's statement quoted.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(Palm Springs, California: Bill Plante) Admin. and Senator reaction to clash between United States and Libyan forces examined. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN, Senators Sam NUNN, John HEINZ - defend United States actions.] [State Department spokesperson Allen HOLMES - says Libya was at fault.] [Libyan deputy ambassador to United Nations Ali Sunni MUNTASSER - condemns US.] Admin. officials quoted with regard to situation.