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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / War of Words / Poll #130387

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 21, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) War of words between President Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Persian Gulf crisis noted.

(Amman: Forrest Sawyer) The Iraqi view of events featured; details given of open letter from Hussein to Bush in which he says foreigners are being kept to restrain United States from aggression. [Iraqi foreign minister Tariq AZIZ - says foreign nationals are not hostages and Iraq is ready to talk.] Scenes shown from Iraqi TV.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Reaction of administration to Hussein's request for dialogue featured. [White House spokesman Marlin FITZWATER - calls it rhetoric from Iraq.] [Yemeni ambassador to UN Abdalla Saleh al-ASHTAL - says Americans should talk.] [On Friday, State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - says everything Iraq says is looked at.] Americans position on talks with Iraq in light of holding of hostages reiterated.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Update given on Western hostages in Kuwait. Findings of ABC News poll on public support for Bush's decision to send US forces to Saudi Arabia outlined on screen.

(Chicago: Chris Bury) Poll findings on American attitudes toward US policy outlined and analyzed. [On streets, four AMERICANS - offer opinions.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Response to poll question on length of a war with Iraq noted.

Reporter(s):
Bury, Chris;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Sawyer, Forrest
Duration:
00:07:00

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