The Reagan administration reacted cautiously today to a news report that a military investigation would show that mistakes by the crew aboard an American warship in the Persian Gulf were responsible for the downing of an Iranian airbus a month ago.President Ronald Reagan said he had not yet seen the results of the investigation and declined further comment. Vice President George H. W. Bush, touring a military electronics plant near Annapolis, Md., said he had not been briefed on the investigation. Nevertheless, Bush repeated his argument before the United Nations last month: "The Iranians shouldn't be sending an airliner over a combat zone."
Today, Sofaer, the legal adviser of the Department of State, issued a statement prepared for the Defense Policy Panel of the House Armed Services Committee. Read full story