June 3, 1987 |
In the Reagan Administration's increasingly strident campaign to win congressional and public support for its plan to protect Kuwaiti tankers in the war-torn Persian Gulf, it is emphasizing two objectives: keeping the gulf open to international oil traffic and preempting a Soviet drive for greater influence in the area. Both goals seem vital to American interests, and U.S. policy-makers have pursued them for years under Democratic and Republican Presidents.
June 16, 1987 |
Senior U.S. and Soviet officials will meet next month in a neutral European country to confer on problems in the Persian Gulf, prospects for Mideast peace talks and the protracted war in Afghanistan, according to Washington sources. Richard W. Murphy, assistant secretary of state for the Middle East, will ask senior Soviet diplomat Vladimir P. Polyakov for help in steering a resolution through the U.N.
July 8, 1987 |
The Soviet Union offered Tuesday to withdraw its naval task force from the Persian Gulf--but only if the United States, Britain and France do the same. Foreign Ministry spokesman Boris Pyadyshev also said Soviet withdrawal of its fleet--three minesweepers, a frigate and a communications ship--is conditional on efforts to end the Iran-Iraq War.
July 5, 1987 |
Vernon A. Walters, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Saturday concluded talks with Soviet officials and said he is "very hopeful" of reaching an agreement on international measures to end the Iran-Iraq War. Walters shrugged off Soviet charges Friday that the United States is aggravating the situation in the Persian Gulf through its military buildup, emphasizing the portion of the statement that called for international action.
November 6, 1987 |
Another attempt by U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to arrange a truce in the Persian Gulf War appears to have failed, deepening a conviction shared by diplomats and Arab officials that no early end is in sight to the seven-year-old conflict between Iran and Iraq. This, in turn, poses difficult questions for the United States. Its naval forces in the gulf appear increasingly to be mired in a conflict they can neither end nor withdraw from without seriously damaging U.S.
May 22, 1987 |
The State Department's top Middle East expert said Thursday that the United States is ready to protect Kuwaiti oil tankers to upset Iranian plans to dominate the Persian Gulf region, preserve free navigation in international waters and avoid what could be a ruinous surge in oil prices. While conceding that the action could result in armed clashes between the United States and Iran, Assistant Secretary of State Richard W.