Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 24, 1987 · Page 2
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 2

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, September 24, 1987
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2 -THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,1987 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Panamanian ship reportedly sunk by mine Four more casualties in tanker war MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — American warships and helicopters swept the central Persian Gulf today for mines planted by an Iranian ship, and there was a report that a research vessel sank after hitting a mine off the Saudi Arabian coast. The London-based Lloyd's Shipping Intelligence Unit said the Panamanian- flag vessel went down about 20 miles west of Saudi Arabia's Arabiyah Island on Tuesday. Four "casualties" were reported. Meanwhile, shipping sources said a convoy of Navy warships and a reflaggcd Kuwaiti tanker were about halfway through the gulf. U.S. officials have not confirmed reports that the convoy set sail Wednesday. Also today, an Iranian dissident group claimed 40 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed and 18 captured in an attack this week in western Iran. The mine-sweeping, which began Wednesday, has yielded at least three mines, according to U.S. officials and shipping executives. The Pentagon said Iranian crewmen captured Monday in the U.S. attack on the landing craft Iran Ajr helped pinpoint the location of the explosives. Diplomatic sources in the gulf'said the Iranian crewmen would be released Saturday in Oman to the International Red Crescent Society, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Oman offered to serve as intermediary in the release of the Iranians to cool tensions in the gulf, where Iran and Iraq have been fighting for seven years. In recent months, Oman has developed close relations with Iran. A Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said charts showing safe, unmined routes through the Persian Gulf had been discovered on the Iranian vessel. Senior U.S. naval officers have maintained for weeks the Iranians were sowing mines in international waters in the gulf, but they said the U.S. capture of the Iran Ajr provided the first proof. Iran denied the ship was planting mines. Five Iranians were killed and four wounded when the U.S. helicopters assaulted the ship with machine-gun fire and rockets Monday. It was the first American hit on an Iranian vessel in the two months since the United States began protecting Kuwaiti tankers in the oil shipping lanes. Pentagon sources said it was not yet clear whether the detained Iranians, who were being held on Navy ships, would be transported to Oman by helicopter or flown from airplane from Bahrain. U.S. officials have not announced what they plan to do with the Iran Ajr. "We might use it for target practice," said one source in Washington. "It's definitely not going back to Iran." Pentagon officials said threats of Iranian reprisal for the ship attack would not deter Weinberger from leaving as scheduled for a five-day trip to the area. He was to visit Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and U.S. warships in the region. Britain Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe announced at the United Nations Wednesday that his country was closing Iran's military procurement office in London, and would support a resolution for an international arms embargo against Iran, following an attack on a British ship in the gulf Monday. Americans approve of actions in gulf NEW YORK (AP)—A majority of Americans support using U.S. Navy ships to protect foreign- owned oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, even though they also believe the action is likely to get the United States involved in a war, according to a CBS News-New York Times poll. Among the poll's other findings: — Most Americans approve of the U.S. military attack on an Iranian ship that was laying mines in the Persian Gulf, but think President Reagan should seek congressional approval for keeping U.S. forces in the region. — And Americans still are largely undecided whether Judge Robert H. Bork should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday and released Wednesday, found that 60 percent of those polled said they approve of U.S. Navy ships being used to protect foreign-owned oil tankers, while 32 percent disapprove and 8 percent had no opinion. Fifty-five percent of those questioned think sending the U.S. Navy to the Gulf was likely to get the United States involved in a war, 36 percent think it unlikely and 9 percent had no opinion. The highest majority found by the poll involved the helicopter raid on an Iranian vessel Monday night in which five Iranians were reported killed and 26 were captured. Seventy-eight percent of those questioned approved of the helicopter attack on the 1,662-ton Iranian vessel Iran Ajr, while 8 percent dis- approved and 14 percent opinion. Sixty-three percent of Americans believe Reagan should secure approval from Congress to keep the U.S. Navy in the gulf, the poll indicated, while 33 percent think he should make his own decision and 4 percent had no opinion. The attack Monday was the first direct American attack on Iranians in the two months since the United States began protecting shipping in the Gulf. The United States agreed to protect the tankers of Kuwait as the seven-year war between Iran and Iraq spread to all commercial shipping in the gulf. Reagan has resisted invoking the War Powers Act, which requires that a president inform Congress within 48 hours when introducing troops into a situation of "imminent hostilities." The troops must be withdrawn within 60 days unless Congress authorizes their deployment, although the president can ask for a 30-day extension. The poll also asked respondents what they thought of Bork. Sixteen percent said they had a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court nominee, 26 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of him, 18 percent said they were undecided and 40 percent said they did not know enough about him to have formed an opinion. The poll of 836 people throughout the United States was conducted by telephone; it has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points. This Week and Next at Mendocino College Monday —Tear Gas for Citizens, 7-9 p.m. Successful completion of this two-hour course legally qualifies any California citizen to carry mace for self-defense. No pre-registration required. Cost: $12. Meets in the Classroom Building Room 1240. Tuesday —Spinning Workshop, 5 Tuesday sessions just starting, 9 a.m. to noon. Master spinner Erda Kappeler is the instructor. Cost: $35. Wednesday —Retirement: After the '86 Tax Change — a one-evening session for those who are planning their retirement, as well as for those who are already retired. Our distinguished panel will answer questions about retirement plans and trust planning. 7-9 p.m. Cost: $5—just pay at the door! Place: Mendocino College Theatre. Saturday —Nature Walk with Jerry Cook! Call 468-3063 for details. Thursday, Oct. 1 — Knitting European Style, 6 sessions, Thursday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost $25. Thursday, Oct. 1 —Advanced Knitting, Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon, 6 sessions, $20, with instructor Ursula Partch. Friday, Oct. 2 — Dance Performance- Joint Forces Contact Improvision Team Karen Nelson and Alito Alessi return to Ukiah — Performance Friday evening, at the Mendocino College Theatre, $5. Saturday, Oct. 3 — Karen and Alito follow up their Friday evening performance with a workshop Saturday for enthusiasts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $30. Saturday, Oct. 3 — Firearm Qualification for Security Guards. In Lakeport, 8-5, Cost $30. Wednesday, Oct. 7 — Seamanship Series — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors team with Mendocino College for a series of three short courses in seamanship topics. Completion of the series qualifies the student for membership in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Many insurance companies give discounts for this class. LIFELONG LEARNING FOR SUCCESS J> MENDOCINO COLLEGE U.S. asks for meeting with Soviets UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called a meeting with the Soviet foreign minister today after he expressed differences with an American-British call for a worldwide arms embargo against Iran. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevard- nadze told the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday that the body should seek a cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war and establish a panel to judge who started the conflict. Another Soviet official questioned the effectiveness of an embargo. A State Department officer said the Americans requested this afternoon's meeting at the United States U.N. mission to discuss the 7-year-old war after Shevardnadze clearly refrained from endorsing sanctions. Earlier, Britain's foreign secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, called for an arms embargo against Iran. Howe's statement was particularly significant because Britain is one of the five perma- nent U.N. Security Council members whose vote would be essential to approving an arms embargo resolution. The United States and Britain are the only permanent members to publicly endorse an embargo. The Soviet Union and China called Wednesday for more diplomacy, while the French foreign minister said an arms embargo was "one of the possibilities." The five countries' foreign ministers will meet informally at a luncheon Friday in an effort to resolve differences. Addressing the 159-nation body Wednesday, Howe said an Iranian attack on the British tanker "Gentle Breeze" in the Persian Gulf Monday was the "last straw." He said the 15-nation U.N. Security Council should now enforce its resolution, passed unanimously July 20, demanding an immediate cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war. "The first step should be an arms embargo, to prevent the flow of arms to those wishing to ignore the U.N. and to prolong the conflict," he said. Iraq has said it will abide by a cease-fire if Iran will. Iran has said it will observe an informal cease-fire while an impartial board looks into who started the v. ir, and will embrace a truce if Iraq is identified as the aggressor. In his speech to the General Assembly, She- vardnadze said: "It is necessary to try to secure, concurrently and immediately, a cease-fire ... and to work for (establishment of) an impartial body to investigate the question of responsibility for the conflict." 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