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July 26, 1987
While this country is fiddling with trivial Olliemania, the Reagan Administration has lit a match under the Middle East that could ignite World War III. We'd better wake up to the full implications of reflagging. LINDA SALTZMAN Venice
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1987
We know Iran doesn't want us in the Persian Gulf. Not only are we there, but we're reflagging the Kuwaiti tankers alone. We get less than 7% of our oil from the gulf region. Now it seems we are not getting much assistance there on minesweeping operations . . . so we have our men hanging over the bows of the ships. Hopefully they can see underneath the water for submerged mines! So now a reflagged tanker hits a mine and we're upset! What did they think we'd get--a standing ovation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1987
President Reagan sadly declined a recent Soviet proposal to bring the United Nations to bear in the Persian Gulf troubles (Part I, Sept. 24). It was a ploy, the President said, by Russia to become a "player" in the gulf. "Playing" indeed seems to be what the President is intent on doing. Lots of posturing and bluster. Reflagging foreign ships so we can argue endlessly with the irrational Iranians over who shot at what. "Punishing" China for doing exactly what we did a year ago: sell arms to Iran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1987
President Reagan sadly declined a recent Soviet proposal to bring the United Nations to bear in the Persian Gulf troubles (Part I, Sept. 24). It was a ploy, the President said, by Russia to become a "player" in the gulf. "Playing" indeed seems to be what the President is intent on doing. Lots of posturing and bluster. Reflagging foreign ships so we can argue endlessly with the irrational Iranians over who shot at what. "Punishing" China for doing exactly what we did a year ago: sell arms to Iran.
NEWS
July 16, 1987 | From Reuters
The U.S. Coast Guard today cleared the first two Kuwaiti oil tankers to fly U.S. flags and be protected by American naval forces in the Persian Gulf. Coast Guard spokesman Nick Sandifer said paper work has been completed on two tankers, the 401,000-ton supertanker Bridgeton and the 46,700-ton Gas Prince, and sent to the ships' owners.
NEWS
October 20, 1987 | From Reuters
This country has placed a second oil tanker under the British flag to qualify for Royal Navy protection against Iranian attacks in the Persian Gulf, shipping officials said Monday. They added that a third Kuwaiti tanker will be re-registered in Britain soon. The sources said the Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. recently re-registered the 27,841-ton refined products carrier Ras al Jlayah under Britain's Red Ensign as the Chilham Castle.
NEWS
September 4, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A missile fired from Iranian-held territory landed just two miles from U.S.-flagged Kuwaiti tankers today, sources said, and the Italian Cabinet decided to send a naval task force to the Persian Gulf to protect its shipping. A senior official of a gulf nation government said that the missile, possibly a Chinese-made Silkworm, was fired from Iranian-occupied territory in southern Iraq and that it fell harmlessly in waters off the coast of Kuwait.
NEWS
August 24, 1987 | From Reuters
Britain will join Washington in re-registering Kuwaiti oil tankers threatened by Iran over the emirate's support for Iraq in the seven-year Iran-Iraq War, the State Department said today. "We understand that the United Kingdom will reflag its first Kuwaiti oil tanker," spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said without elaborating on how the information was gained.
NEWS
August 23, 1987 | MICHAEL ROSS, Times Staff Writer
The air war between Iran and Iraq intensified Saturday, while in the Persian Gulf, another convoy of Kuwaiti tankers, re-registered under the American flag, sailed under the escort of U.S. warships. Four tankers loaded with oil and gas slipped out of the anchorage at the Kuwaiti oil terminal of Al Ahmadi, at the northern end of the Gulf, before dawn Saturday for what should be, barring any hitches, a two-day run down the waterway, shipping sources said.
NEWS
August 9, 1987 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
A flotilla of American warships convoyed three Kuwaiti tankers into the Persian Gulf on Saturday, embarking on the second stage of the controversial U.S. escort operation with stealth instead of fanfare. Despite efforts to depart secretly from waters off the United Arab Emirates port of Khawr Fakkan in the Gulf of Oman, the seven-ship convoy--four warships and three Kuwaiti vessels re-registered as American ships--was soon spotted by helicopters chartered by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1987
We know Iran doesn't want us in the Persian Gulf. Not only are we there, but we're reflagging the Kuwaiti tankers alone. We get less than 7% of our oil from the gulf region. Now it seems we are not getting much assistance there on minesweeping operations . . . so we have our men hanging over the bows of the ships. Hopefully they can see underneath the water for submerged mines! So now a reflagged tanker hits a mine and we're upset! What did they think we'd get--a standing ovation?
NEWS
August 3, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The reflagged Kuwaiti tanker Gas Prince and its U.S. convoy today steamed safely out of the perilous Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz and into safe waters, shipping sources said. "She just got out of the strait," said a shipping executive on the coast. "Nothing happened, she's fine." A second source said the tanker was in the Sea of Oman and would be passing Khor Fakkan, a port on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates, at about 8 p.m.
OPINION
July 26, 1987
In the wake of the Lt. Col. Oliver North adulation, I think it is important to remember that Reagan has pledged American naval vessels to escort Kuwaiti ships through the Persian Gulf. The primary purpose is of course to protect the shipping from Iranian attack. Then let us all understand, when the first American sailor is killed defending a Kuwaiti ship, that North sold the ammunition to the Iranians. CHRISTOPHER K. HAUN Lancaster
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