ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 27, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Beginning of fourth week of the gulf crisis noted; details given of day's events.
(State Department: John McWethy) Decision by State Department to expel and restrict Iraqi diplomats because of the closing of the US embassy in Kuwait, where the standoff continues, featured. [State Department spokeswoman Margaret TUTWILER - says the number of Iraqi personnel in Washington will be reduced.] [Iraqi ambassador to US Mohamed Sadiq al-MASHAT - calls it unjust.] Number of American civilians in custody in Kuwait and Iraq reviewed; scenes shown of 52 diplomatic dependents crossing border into Turkey, while three college- age males were kept from leaving. Diplomatic strategy of trying to isolate Iraq outlined.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar reported going to Jordan to meet with Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz.
(Baghdad: Forrest Sawyer) Iraq's hard-line position on Kuwait featured; scenes shown of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. [Iraqi minister of information and culture Latif Nassif JASSEM - (thru translator) says al-Sabah family is finished in Kuwait.] Iraq noted establishing a satellite news program; scenes shown. United States said continuing to pressure for release of diplomats from embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from President Mikhail Gorbachev about Iraq reported; scenes shown of him meeting with Egyptian foreign minister. Senator Sam Nunn reported leading Senate delegation to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
(Kennebunkport: Ann Compton) Reaction from President Bush to events featured; scenes shown of Bush with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. [BUSH - says Hussein has resisted international law; adds there is no flexibility about getting Iraq out of Kuwait.] Upcoming briefing of Congress by Bush on his gulf policy mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Capitol Hill: Cokie Roberts) Likely response of Congress to Bush's policy discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; State Department: John McWethy) Administration's conditions for negotiations with Hussein discussed.