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Persian Gulf Crisis / Bush / Hostages / War / Iraqi Weaponry #125582

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 31, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Steady increase from the White House of use of fairly violent language about Iraqi occupation of Kuwait noted.

(White House: Brit Hume) President Bush's position on the Persian Gulf crisis featured. [BUSH - says he will wait to see if economic sanctions will work; expresses concern about lives of Americans held against their will, especially in the Kuwaiti embassy; notes that sanctions have not driven Iraqi President Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Offer from Iraq to families of foreigners held against their will to visit them during Christmas holidays reported.

(Baghdad: Peter Collins) Response from Iraq to United States comments about American hostages held at strategic sites featured. [At press conference, Iraqi information minister Latif Nassif JASSEM - says these guests live in good conditions; says American signals indicate a readiness for war.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement quoted from United States commanding General H. Norman Schwarzkopf in "Atlanta Constitution" about how bad a ground war in the desert could be. Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Ensor) Amateur video shot in Kuwait two weeks ago that shows movement of Iraqi weaponry shown. [Defense analyst Anthony CORDESMAN - describes capabilities of arms shown in video and implications of information for a war there.]

Collins, Peter;
Ensor, David;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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