NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 24, 1984
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(Studio) Latest attacks on ships in Persian Gulf by Iran and Iraq reported; US mentioned sending new missiles to Saudi Arabia.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Iraqi attack on facilities near Kharg Island and Iran's apparent retaliatory strike on foreign tanker in Saudi territorial waters examined; details illustrated on screen. [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - describes Saudi air force response to attack.] United States said hoping Syria is trying to mediate crisis due to its allied relationship with Iran; Syrian vice president Abdel Halim Khaddam's assessment of Iran-Iraq war quoted. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's threat last night to destroy Kharg Island as means of halting war mentioned. Admin. approval of sending Stinger missiles to Saudi Arabia discussed. [Senators Robert KASTEN, Joseph BIDEN - criticize administration's ignoring appropriate Congress notification process to pressure Saudi Arabia into meeting United States demands in region.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) United States apparent position in Persian Gulf tensions, include pressure on Japan and Syria, Reagan's denial that United States troops will be deployed in area and possible role of USSR discussed.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw, Marvin Kalb