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Persian Gulf / Iraq Invasion of Kuwait #130354

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 02, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Invasion of Kuwait by Iraq featured; map shown of area and of capital city Kuwait City, Kuwait; details given of reports out of that city. [Voice of Dutch Radio's Hettie LUBBERDING - describes heavy fighting.] [Voice of "Washington Post"'s Caryle MURPHY - describes Kuwaitis' reaction.] [Kuwaiti ambassador to United States Saud Nasir al-SABAH - says Iraq commands Kuwait.] [Iraqi ambassador to UN Sabah Talat KADRAT - (thru translator) says new government asked for Iraqi assistance.] Late report that six American oil workers have been picked up by Iraqi forces noted.

(London: Barrie Dunsmore) Review given of territorial and financial dispute between Iraq and Kuwait; map shown of two islands, Warbah Island, Kuwait, and Bubiyan Island, Kuwait, that have long been sought by Iraq because they offer access to the Persian Gulf. Iraqi debt from eight- year war with Iran recalled.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Condemnation of invasion by United Nations Security Council reported; details given of actions taken by USSR .

(Aspen, Colorado: Brit Hume) Reaction from President Bush examined; details given of his order freezing assets of both nations and of an embargo on all Iraqi products. [BUSH - calls for withdrawal of all Iraqi forces; adds that intervention is not being discussed.] [At their meeting in Aspen, Colorado, British Prime Minister Margaret THATCHER, BUSH - call for collective efforts to resolve international crisis.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Review of United States military presence in Persian Gulf and of Iraqi military strength outlined; map shown. [Former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff William CROWE - discusses possibility of US reining in Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in this dangerous situation.] Comparative importance of region's oil to Japan, Western Europe and US assessed.

(New York: Bob Jamieson) Impact of news of invasion on oil prices examined; details given of amount of oil United States consumes from Iraq and Kuwait.] ["Platt's Oilgram" editor Joe LINK - comments on United States oil reserves.] Recent soaring import of oil in United States noted. [Senator David BOREN - says United States is threatened by long-term instability in Persian Gulf region.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Kuwait's enormous wealth and problem of how to freeze assets so an Iraqi-installed Kuwaiti government cannot get at them noted. "Stock Market Report".

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Hume, Brit;
Jamieson, Bob;
Jennings, Peter

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