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Ronald Reagan: Statement on the Destruction of an Iranian Jetliner by the United States Navy Over the Persian Gulf
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Statement on the Destruction of an Iranian Jetliner by the United States Navy Over the Persian Gulf
July 3, 1988
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I am saddened to report that it appears that in a proper defensive action by the U.S.S. Vincennes this morning in the Persian Gulf an Iranian airliner was shot down over the Strait of Hormuz. This is a terrible human tragedy. Our sympathy and condolences go out to the passengers, crew, and their families. The Defense Department will conduct a full investigation.

We deeply regret any loss of life. The course of the Iranian civilian airliner was such that it was headed directly for the U.S.S. Vincennes, which was at the time engaged with five Iranian Boghammar boats that had attacked our forces. When the aircraft failed to heed repeated warnings, the Vincennes followed standing orders and widely publicized procedures, firing to protect itself against possible attack.

The only U.S. interest in the Persian Gulf is peace, and this tragedy reinforces the need to achieve that goal with all possible speed.



Citation: Ronald Reagan: "Statement on the Destruction of an Iranian Jetliner by the United States Navy Over the Persian Gulf ," July 3, 1988. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=36080.
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