ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 24, 1984
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(Studio) Iran's latest attack on foreign tanker in international waters near Saudi Arabia reported; Saudi air force said making no contact with Iranian fighter. Iraqi claims of assault on ships near Iran's Kharg Island terminal reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Dubai) Apparent circumstances of Iranian and Iraqi attacks in Persian Gulf today examined; details illustrated on screen. Status of United States Navy presence in region discussed; films shown. [Voice of Navy SPOKESPERSON - warns unidentified aircraft.] Naval fleet's proximity to Oman explained. [Athene Captain Atta KANSTAD - acknowledges fear; will obey company's order to remain out of region.] [Voice of British tanker Gas Enterprise crew MBR. - claims some crew mbrs. have chosen to leave vessel before entering Gulf.] United States ship, President Taft, said off-loading its cargo outside Gulf for similar reasons.
REPORTER: Mike Lee
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Reagan administration's anti-aircraft missile sales to Saudi Arabia noted. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - wants to enable Saudis to protect their shipping.] Similar sale recalled canceled by administration 2 mos. ago. President Reagan reported planning to invoke emergency powers for sale; details outlined on screen; removal of USS LaSalle, flagship of Navy's Persian Gulf fleet, from gulf explained. Outcome of recent California tests of Exocet missile, completed in cooperation with British, detailed; implications for golf crisis considered. Exocet's role in 1982 Falkland Island war recalled; photos shown.
REPORTER: John McWethy
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