ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 31, 1984
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(Studio) Iraqi claims of raid on Iranian oil refinery at Tabriz said unconfirmed; Iraq's continued threats to destroy Kharg Island terminal if Iran launches major new ground offensive noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Dubai) Implications of Iranian harassment of foreign ships in international waters patrolled by United States Navy discussed; recent incident cited as example Films shown. [Voice of Werra Express CAPT. - confirms Iranian harassment; describes incident.] Focus of ships' concern explained.
REPORTER: Mike Lee
(DC) United States government said unaware of incident until informed by news network; admin.'s response outlined on screen. Role of Navy in supplying escorts for some oil tankers discussed; Falcon Leader cited as example [Pentagon spokesperson Michael BURCH - isn't contemplating Stinger missile sales to Kuwait.] Concern that radical Palestinians in Kuwait will obtain missiles mentioned.
REPORTER: John McWethy