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Persian Gulf Crisis / Expenses / Allies' Involvement #131057

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 06, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Trips by Secretaries of State and Treasury to crisis region noted.

(Jidda, Saudi Arabia: John McWethy) Mission of Secretary of State James Baker to Saudi Arabia to try to get the oil-rich nations of Persian Gulf to help pay for United States military in region featured; scenes shown; details given of effort to get Saudi Arabia to pay over 500 million dollars out of the windfall profits it is getting from its increased oil production. Baker noted also seeking funds for nations, like Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, which have been hurt by embargo against Iraq. United States view that Kuwaiti government-in-exile and United Arab Emirates can help pay the cost of Operation "Desert Shield" detailed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Expression of concern by United States allies about costs and the risks down the road examined; details given of military contributions by Great Britain and France and humanitarian aid from Germany. [British Prime Minister Margaret THATCHER - makes speech against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.] Position of French Prime Minister Francois Mitterrand on United States role in region noted. [French newspaper editor Franz GIESBERT - explains French view.] [German foreign affairs specialist Karston VARGT - comments.] Report introduced.

(Tokyo: Mark Litke) Reaction of Japan to world opinion about sharing the financial burden of the gulf crisis examined. [Foreign ministry spokesman Taizo WATANABE - says we feel the heat from United States and inside Japan.] Japanese concern about violating its constitution, which forbids postwar Japan from engaging in war, detailed. [Student Sachiko HIRASAWA - comments on war.] [Political analyst Kenichi TAKEMURA - says it is absurd that Japan cannot act militarily.]

Jennings, Peter;
Litke, Mark;
McWethy, John

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