Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate on the United States Military Strike in the Persian Gulf
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
examination of the mines remaining in the water established that they were M -
08 mines, the same type
response to this attack on the ROBERTS and commencing at approximately 1:00
a.m. (EDT), April 18, 1988, Armed Forces of the United States assigned to the
Joint Task Force Middle East, after warning Iranian personnel and providing an
opportunity to escape, attacked and effectively neutralized the Sassan and Sirri Platforms, which
have been used to support unlawful Iranian attacks on non-belligerent shipping.
While these events were taking place, an Iranian helicopter and small boats
attacked an oil rig and the U.S.-flag vessel WILLI TIDE in the Mubarak oil field. In response,
Subsequently, U.S. Forces were attacked by the Iranian PTG JOSHAN, FFG SAHAND, and FFG SABALAN. In response to these attacks, U.S. Forces severely damaged or sank the Iranian vessels. Iranian F - 4 fighters also approached the USS SIMPSON and the USS WAINWRIGHT in a threatening manner; the SIMPSON and WAINWRIGHT fired at the aircraft, causing their retreat.
Search and rescue efforts were undertaken to locate a missing AH - 1 Cobra helicopter from the WAINWRIGHT. The helicopter had two men on board. As of (EDT) today, the search and rescue efforts were continuing.
These necessary and proportionate actions by U.S. Armed Forces were taken at my specific direction in the exercise of our inherent right of self-defense, recognized in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, and pursuant to my constitutional authority with respect to the conduct of foreign relations and as Commander in Chief. We have completed these self-defense actions and consider the matter closed.
March 1987, I and members of my Administration have provided to Congress
letters, reports, briefings, and testimony in connection with developments in
Note: Identical letters were sent to Jim Wright, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and John C. Stennis, President pro tempore of the Senate.