NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 25, 1979
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(Studio) United States considerations of moves in Mideast to counter increase Soviet influence as result of fall of Shah noted Energy Secretary James Schlesinger's comments on possibility of more visible United States military presence in area stated.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(DC) Schlesinger's recent hints that Sovs. are behind incrd. disruption in Persian Gulf noted. Film shown of Schlesinger's appearance on "Meet the Press." [SCHLESINGER - mentions United States ints. in Persian Gulf and need to protect those ints., even with military presence. Discusses possibilities of mil. presence in area.] White House refusal to respond to these comments and Pentagon spokesperson's remarks about situation reported Moves said to be reassurance to Saudi Arabia, which recently canceled trip to United States by Crown Prince Fahd. Saudis' dissatisfaction with conditions in Gulf area and apparent United States inability to do anything about it stated. Oil situation in Iran cited to make Saudi relationship more important to United States than ever.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell
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