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Persian Gulf Tension / Iran-Iraq War #89977

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 18, 1984
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(Studio) Iraqi claims of assaulting ships at Iran's Kharg Island oil facility said unconfirmed; Norwegian government noted ordering its ships to remain out of Persian Gulf.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Dubai) Photo of recent attack on Al Ahood, Saudi tanker hit allegedly by Iraqi planes, shown, discussed; Iran's warning to United States and USSR to remain out of Iran-Iraq war reported Parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani quoted. Vice President George Bush mentioned arriving in Oman today; Oman's pledge of support for US intervention if its ships are attacked in Persian Gulf recalled. Bush's criticism of Iranian government quoted. Impact of Persian Gulf tension on Rotterdam oil market noted.

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Possible implications of attacks on foreign ships in Persian Gulf by Iran and Iraq considered; Jimmy Carter in what is now known as The Carter Doctrine, recalled first United States President publicly committing government to keeping Persian Gulf open. [October 10, 1983, REAGAN - restates that commitment.] Arab states' caution in future military relationship with United States thought affected by United States performance in Lebanon; Saudi Arabia's position cited. [Georgetown Univ. Arab studies director Michael HUDSON - notes Arab ntns.' attitude toward United States since Reagan took office]
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike

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