This program is 18 minutes long
5:30:30PERSIAN GULF / US-IRAN
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Worst day of violence in Persian Gulf since US assumed role of protecting shipping there reported; damage to USS Samuel B. Roberts by mine laid by Iran recalled. Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Attacks by United States warships on Iranian oil platforms at Sirri and Sassan reported; details given, scenes shown, map shown. [Joint chiefs of staff chairperson Admiral William CROWE - details battle between Iranian warship and US ships.] Iranian retaliatory raid against American-operated oil platform cited. [Voice of oilworker Bob JACKSON - describes incident.] Attack by Iranian patrol boats on British tanker reported; scenes shown. United States attack planes from USS Enterprise reported sinking three Iranian patrol boats and hitting Iranian frigate in Gulf of Hormuz. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - describes damage to frigate.] Incident of exchange of fire between another US plane and second Iranian frigate noted. [Defense Secretary Frank CARLUCCI - says hostile intent must be assumed.] Casualty figs. discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report from Iran radio/TV that Iran is at war with US noted. Comparative firepower of United States and Iran in Persian Gulf outlined on screen. Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Response from White House to situation in Persian Gulf reported [REAGAN - says United States will deter Iranian aggression.] September 1987 capture of Iranian minelaying ship by Navy recalled; scenes shown. Process of administration's decision to respond to mining incident involving USS Samuel B. Roberts explained. Stmt. from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater about attack and Iranian response quoted. [Vice President George BUSH - says United States will live up to its commitments.]
(DC: Brit Hume) Response of Democrat president cands. to Reagan's actions reported [Governor Michael DUKAKIS - says he can't comment on what has happened in Middle East.] [Senator Albert GORE - says it seems justified.] [Jesse JACKSON - comments.] Support from Congress, include Senator Robert Byrd, noted. [Five CONG. - respond.] Issue of technical requirements of War Powers Act outlined on screen. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - says War Power Act has been activated.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: John McWethy) Reasons for Iranian challenge to United States in Persian Gulf examined; scenes shown of Iranian oil platform set ablaze by United States in October 1987. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says Iranians should have gotten message.] Recent incidents (hijacking of Kuwaiti airplane, finding of new mines in Persian Gulf) reviewed; scenes shown. [Carnegie Endowment Geoffrey KEMP - says Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's regime is deliberately stirring up trouble for United States .] Factional pols. in Iran discussed; scenes shown of Iran-Iraq war. [Brookings Institution Judith KIPPER - says some factions want to keep "the hot wars" going.] Iranian 1988.04.18 through hatred of United States noted. u-5:40:30 Monday ABC nity
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Hostage on Kuwaiti plane still held in Algeria reported pleading for Kuwait to give in to hijackers' demands.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Investigators reported concluding that Abu Jihad was assassinated in Tunis, Tunisia, by Israelis. Report introduced.
(W. Bank: Dean Reynolds) Public and private responses of Israel to killing of Abu Jihad reported [Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak SHAMIR, Israeli foreign minister Shimon PERES, Israeli defense minister Yitzhak RABIN - have nothing to say about it.] Sources reported explaining commando raid by Mossad and defense forces; details given, scenes shown. [Terrorism expert Yossi OLMERT - says Abu Jihad was military head of PLO.] Abu Jihad's role in Mar. hijacking of Israeli bus and in Palestinian unrest in Israeli-occupied territories described; scenes shown. Intensification of confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians reported; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Funeral for Abu Jihad reported set to take place in Damascus, Syria; issue of differences between Yasir Arafat and Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad discussed. Report introduced.
(Tunis, Tunisia: Don Kladstrup) Mtg. of Tunisian interior minister with Arafat to express condolences about assassination of Abu Jihad reported; scenes shown. Announcement by Tunisian officials of lodging of complaint with United Nations about Israel's murder of Abu Jihad noted. Description of assassination given; diagram shown. [Daughter Imad JIHAD - describes details of incident.] [Widow Umm JIHAD - asks why husband was shot so many times.] Comments from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) on lack of security measures quoted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Israeli court reported finding John Demjanjuk guilty of Nazi war crimes; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Stmt. from attorney John Shepherd that he does not want Justice Department job offered to him by Attorney General Edwin Meese reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Federal Aviation Administration investigation of safety of Eastern and Continental airlines reported Report introduced.
(DC: Bettina Gregory) Conclusion by president panel that major changes must be made in government regulations of airplane system to keep skies safe reported; details given. [Aviation Safety Commission spokesperson John ALBERTINE - says present governmental structure is not working well enough to insure safety.] Cmsn.'s recommendations outlined on screen. Call for creation of an Federal Aviation Administration independent from Trans. Department noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ibrahim Hussein reported winning Boston marathon with Juma Ikangaa coming in second; scenes shown. Rosa Mota noted winning women's race.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of artist and sculptor Louise Nevelson reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of former chairperson of American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) James Olson reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Tomorrow's primary in New York reported Report introduced.
(NYC: Jim Wooten) Democrat campaign in New York on eve of primary featured; scenes shown of Senator Albert Gore and New York City Mayor Ed Koch campaign [GORE - says Koch is speaking for himself with regard to Jesse Jackson.] Governor Michael Dukakis shown campaign with cousin, Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis. [DUKAKIS - campaigns.] [At rally, JACKSON - campaigns.] Impt. of voter turnout discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Postponement of report on cands.' views on drug issue noted.