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Gulf War Heats Up on Eve of U.N. Mission

September 10, 1987|Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain — Iraqi warplanes bombed industrial centers, and an Iranian speedboat rocketed a supertanker today, the day before the U.N. secretary general begins a peace mission to both nations.

Javier Perez de Cuellar left New York today and is due in Tehran on Friday. He said he remains hopeful that his mission will bring a cease-fire.

Iraq said its raids will continue until Iran abides by the July 20 truce resolution passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council. The Iraqis have said they will accept the truce if the Iranians do, but Iran has not given a definitive answer.

Salvage executives based in the gulf said an Iranian speedboat attacked the Cypriot-flag tanker Haven with rocket grenades, causing damage but no casualties.

A six-week lull in the "tanker war" on Persian Gulf shipping followed the Security Council action, but attacks resumed two weeks ago.

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