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Reagan defends attack on Iranian platforms in gulf By NORMAN BLACK Associated Press WASHINGTON President Reagan on Monday defended the U.S. attack on two Iranian platforms in the Persian Gulf as "an appropriate and proportionate response to their missile attacks." but heatedly denied that United States was at war with Iran. Reagan, speaking briefly with reporters as he left to visit his hospitalized wife, was asked if the attack meant the two nations were at war. "No, we're not nointf to have a war with Iran, they're not that stupid," he shot buck. The president defended the U.S. action, saying, "We thought it was an appropriate and proportionate response to their missile attacks on the freighters." Reagan faulted reports that described the platforms as oil derricks, it was a command and control tower with radar and an ability to track shipping through the gulf." he said. Pentagon officials said the REVENGE SOUGHT: Iran vowed to deliver a crushing blow against the U S as revenge for Monday s attack STAYING PUT: The latest attack makes it nearly impossible for the U.S. Navy to step out of the gulf conflict ON IRAQ'S SIDE? The U S may unintentionally be moving toward Iraq s side in the Iran-Iraq War StonesA4 platforms had been built for oil drilling, but had been converted into bases for Iranian attacks. Asked if he had a message for Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhol-lah Khomeini, the president replied "If I really gave it to you, you wouldn't be able to print it." He then left for Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where first lady Nancy Reagan is recuperating from breast cancer surgery. The U.S. action came three See GULFBack page

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  1. The San Bernardino County Sun,
  2. 20 Oct 1987, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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