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European Summit / Persian Gulf Crisis / Diplomacy / US Military #125836

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 19, 1990
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(Paris: Peter Jennings) Agreement between American-led NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and what used to be Soviet-led Warsaw Pact to destroy military weapons reported. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted planning to send more troops to Kuwait and stating that hostages can begin coming home at Christmas if US does not attack.

(Paris: Brit Hume) President Bush's Persian Gulf policy featured; scenes shown of him meeting in Paris with his ally against Iraq, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. [THATCHER - says military option has to be used if Hussein does not withdraw.] [BUSH - says a peaceful solution cannot go on forever.] Formal signing of conventional weapons treaty that marks the end of the Cold War shown. Bush's administration's attempts to rally allies around United Nations resolution authorizing use of force noted; details given of positions of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, French President Francois Mitterrand and USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev on Persian Gulf. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) comments.]

(Paris: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Paris: John McWethy) Two-part resolution before United Nations Security Council that will authorize use of force to remove Iraqi troops from Kuwait examined; scenes shown of Bush and Soviet leaders in Paris. Secretary of State James Baker said asking foreign ministers of the Security Council nations to cast their United Nations votes to show the extent of the commitment against Hussein.

(Paris: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Ensor) United States reaction to Iraq's plans to double troop strength in Kuwait featured. [Georgetown University Anthony CORDESMAN - analyzes Iraqi buildup and what United States military may have to do.] Continued call up of reserves by United States mentioned.

(Paris: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Saudi Arabia: Bill Redeker) Problems faced by joint US-Saudi military exercise, Operation "Imminent Thunder," examined; scenes shown of United States Marines and Saudis on ship, helicopter and in the desert. Political decision of whether Saudi Arabia would join United States in attack against Iraq mentioned. ["Middle East Economic Digest" Edmund O'SULLIVAN - compares US and Saudi policies.]

Ensor, David;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Redeker, Bill

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