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Persian Gulf Tension / Iran-Iraq War #89957

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1984
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(Studio) United States commitment to keeping Persian Gulf shipping lanes open recalled; President Reagan said denying offering specific military options to Arab allies whose ships have been targets of recent missile attacks.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan reported offered general United States aid in keeping Iran's expansion in region contained during meeting with State Department officials today. [BANDAR - declines comment.] Saudi Arabia thought rejecting United States offer. [Naval operations chief Admiral James WATKINS - will remain sensitive to Gulf states concerning any actions threatening oil flow out of region.] Details of proposed United States contingencies outlined on screen, discussed; direct United States military involvement said possibility if Iran threatens major on-shore oil facilities in area.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(London, England) Gulf states council reported meeting today to criticize Iran's recent missile attacks on their oil tankers; Iraq's past attacks recalled. Ayatollah Khomeini's regime said renewing threat to attack ships doing business with Iraq. Ins. losses of underwriters such as Lloyd's of London and econs. involved in insuring ships in Persian Gulf outlined, discussed. [Lloyd's spokesperson Stephen MERRITT - thinks situation will worsen before it improves.] Fear of oil panic among West consumers thought greater threat than any actual shortage.

(Studio) Japanese prime minister's assessment of situation quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike;
McWethy, John

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