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Persian Gulf / Confrontations / Iraq / Bush / Reserves #576800

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Aug 18, 1990
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(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) First confrontations between United States Navy and Iraqi ships in Persian Gulf &Gulf of Oman reported.

(On board USS Eisenhower in the Red Sea: Andrea Mitchell) Audio report given on firing of warning shots by frigate USS Reid in the Gulf of Oman; details given of statements from Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, who is with the Navy in the Red Sea.

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Reaction of Iraqi government to these incidents examined; details given of statement from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that Iraq will use foreigners it holds to retaliate for naval actions and embargo on food supplies. Statement from an Iraqi ambassador that Westerners have been moved to military installations noted.

(Kennebunkport, ME: Jim Miklaszewski) Reaction of President Bush to events in Iraq and the Persian Gulf featured; scenes shown of Bush golfing and fishing in Kennebunkport, ME; details given from written statement expressing Bush's concerns about Iraqi food threat and holding of foreign nationals. [From Milwaukee, WI, Madhavarao MURIKIPUDI - expresses concern about wife and daughter who are stuck in Iraq.] [Center for Strategic and International Studies Robert KUPPERMAN - says public opinion could easily change.] [On golf course, BUSH - says he won't take questions while on vacation.] Bush's agenda reviewed.

(Pentagon: Jamie Gangel) Gearing up by Pentagon for Bush's order to activate the reserves reported; details given of preparations of reservists. [Fort Totten, New York, United States Army reserve Katie BROWN, 109th Air National Guard Colonel Douglas MURAY - say they are ready.] Crucial role of Army reserves outlined on screen.

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Announcement by United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar that he is sending senior officials to Iraq to help get foreigners out of that country reported.

Gangel, Jamie;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Utley, Garrick

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