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Iran-Iraq War / Oil #512704

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 25, 1980
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(Studio) Oil shipments reported still moving through Strait of Hormuz despite Iran-Iraq conflict.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Strait of Hormuz, Oman) Situation in Strait of Hormuz examined; films shown. Oman navy's efforts to patrol area, presence of Iranian warships noted. [Radar ofr. Lieutenant Tony AUSTIN - comments on travel through strait.] USSR guided missile destroyer noted leaving area today. (Poor audio throughout report)
REPORTER: James Compton

(Studio) (Poor audio continues) United States government noted maintaining strict neutrality.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) (poor audio continues) United States said postponing shipment of engines for Iraqi missile frigates; details given. [State Department spokesperson Jack CANNON - comments.] Egypt President Anwar Sadat noted suggesting that United States take advantage of war to topple Ayatollah Khomeini's regime. [CANNON - comments.] Possibility that Iran may block Strait of Hormuz, thus blocking oil shipments to United States, Europe and Japan, noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Secretary of State Edmund Muskie and USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko reported meeting in New York City today; Soviet press version of United States role in Mideast conflict noted. (Poor audio continues.)
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(New York City) Muskie-Gromyko meeting examined. (Poor audio continues) [MUSKIE - comments.] United States said conferring with allies on possibility of establishing naval task force to protect oil shipments in Persian Gulf and to keep open Strait of Hormuz; details given. United States reported seeking Saudi Arabia's approval of such force; alleged USSR position outlined.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Chancellor, John;
Compton, James;
Kalb, Marvin;
McLaughlin, Bill

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