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Persian Gulf / US-Iran Relations #558411

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 23, 1987
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Navy reported preparing to turn over captured Iranian seaman to Red Crescent in Oman for transfer to Iran.

(New York City: John Cochran) Iranian President Ali Khameini's continued effort to dispute United States version of recent attack on Iranian minelaying ship described; scenes shown. [KHAMENEI - (thru translator) considers incident a bigger mistake for United States than Irangate.] Britain reported closing Iran's military procurement ofc. in London as result of Persian Gulf events in recent days. [Iranian charge d'affairs Mohammad Mehdi BASTI - denies London office was used for arms purchases; accuses British government of aligning itself with Reagan.] [British for. secretary Sir Geoffrey HOWE - announces procurement office's closing.] [United States amb. Vernon WALTERS - thinks United Nations arms embargo against Iran and closing of its London office will hurt Iran.] [USSR foreign minister Eduard SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) calls for international peacekeeping force in Persian Gulf.]

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Kur) Congressional pressure on President Reagan to invoke War Powers Act and act's implications for United States policy in Persian Gulf examined; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - thinks Congress is wrong.] War Powers Act's limitations on President outlined on screen, explained; positions of Senators Mark Hatfield, Lowell Weicker, Robert Byrd and Sam Nunn noted. [WEICKER - wants Senator to assume responsibility for determining extent of United States military involvement in Persian Gulf.] [Senator John McCAIN - disagrees.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen.

Cochran, John;
Kur, Bob;
Utley, Garrick

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