Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the United States Air Strike in the Persian Gulf
September 21, 1987
States Forces took defensive action in the Persian Gulf Monday evening, when an
Iranian landing craft was discovered laying mines in international waters 50
miles northeast of Bahrain. We have previously
communicated with the Iranian Government the way in which we would respond to
such provocative acts which present an immediate risk to United States ships and to all ships.
United States Forces acted in a defensive manner and in accordance with
existing rules of engagement.