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Persian Gulf Tension / Iran-Iraq War #537908

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 05, 1984
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(Studio) Saudi Arabia reported downing Iranian planes over Persian Gulf today.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(London, England) Saudi assault against Iranians, with aid of US, examined; details illustrated on map. [Saudi ambassador Prince BANDAR bin Sultan - will continue defense Saudi territorial integrity.] West intelligence said expecting major Iranian ground offensive against Iraq today, as part of Iran's celebration of revolution's overthrow of Shah; Iraqi countermeasures in anticipation of offensive said include bombing of Iranian town. Iran's threat of retaliation mentioned. Apparent lack of ground offensive considered. Size of Iranian air force mentioned.
REPORTER: John Cochran

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Persian Gulf) Implications for Persian Gulf crisis of new Saudi militancy discussed; vulnerability of Saudi oil facilities cited. Presence of United States naval vessel in region mentioned, shown. [Voice of Navy SPOKESPERSON - contacts nearby tanker.] Pentagon said claiming Navy escorts only US ships despite reports to the contrary.
REPORTER: Stan Bernard

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(London, England) Reagan administration reaction to Saudi downing of Iranian jets described, discussed; increase United States military assistance to Saudis considered. Issue of Israeli opposition to US-Saudi military relationship noted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw, Chris Wallace

Bernard, Stan;
Brokaw, Tom;
Wallace, Chris;
Cochran, John

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