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US-Libya Relations #82671

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 17, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Deployment of USSR Nimitz and escort ships off coast of Egypt after brief foray into Libyan region examined; Libya's warning 2 weeks ago about exclusive air rights over Gulf of Sidra and Nimitz's challenge to that warning recalled. Libya's threat to Sudan noted. [Senator John TOWER - notes Libya's ongoing efforts to exploit problems in area.]
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Egypt's public response to threat from Libya on Sudanese border discussed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tripoli, Libya) Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi's reaction to United States moves outlined. [KADHAFI - (thru translator) warns United States to stay out of Gulf of Sidra.] His link of United States to Israeli threat noted.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [Last night, President REAGAN - denies naval movement in region; dismisses importance of AWACs.] Uniden. White House official noted confirming presence of USS Nimitz; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes said acknowledging President's knowledge of situation. Contradictory statement by uniden. senior administration official discussed. [REAGAN - doesn't foresee using United States forces to stop Kadhafi.] Pol. purpose of military exercises outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Dale, Al;
Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Frank

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