NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 31, 1983
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(Studio) USSR chgs. against Iran, as stated in "Pravda", in connection with trials of persons allegedly involved with banned communist party in Iran reported Iran's continued action threatening to affect flow of oil through Strait of Hormuz noted.
REPORTER: Connie Chung
(Muscat, Oman) Importance of Strait of Hormuz, at opening of Persian Gulf, to oil needs of West and Japan noted. Patrol of water way by navy of Oman cited. Iran government in Tehran said claiming plans to close water way by force if its oil industry attacked by Iraq. Background on war between Iran and Iraq given, include Iraq's new weapons from France. File films shown. Oman's defense stated to be primarily 16th cen. forts built by Portuguese. Capital of Muscat mentioned, as well as Omani ruler, Qaboos bin Said. Omani military said staffed by British officers; officers' assessment of mil. strength of Oman stated. Presence of United States Mideast naval force based in Bahrain and of carrier Ranger and Marine amphibious unit in Indian Ocean noted, as well as British and French naval presence nearby. President Reagan mentioned.
REPORTER: Keith Miller