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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Iraq / Blockade / Persian Gulf / United States Military #576814

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 19, 1990
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(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Proposal from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to end Persian Gulf crisis outlined on screen.

(White House: John Cochran) Reaction to events in Persian Gulf region reviewed; details given of President Bush's response to Hussein's proposal featured; scenes shown of Bush returning to White House. [On "Meet the Press", Representatives Les ASPIN, Lee HAMILTON - say Congress supports president's blockade of Iraq.] Likelihood that United Nations Security Council will support a military blockade and statement from United States ambassador to United Nations Thomas Pickering that Americans in Iraq are being held hostage noted. [Iraqi ambassador to United States Mohamed Sadiq al-MASHAT - says Iraq will use all means of defense.] [Undersecretary of State Robert KIMMITT - talks about advice being given to detained Americans.] Intelligence reports that Hussein fears a military revolt if he were to retreat from Kuwait noted.

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Effectiveness of naval blockade in Persian Gulf analyzed; scenes shown of port of Aqaba, Jordan; details given of Navy's continued following of Iraqi tankers it fired at yesterday.

(Bahrain: Andrea Mitchell) Cat and mouse game at sea between Navy and oil tankers featured; map shown to illustrate where ships USS Reid and USS Robert G. Bradley fired warning shots yesterday. [Secretary of Defense Dick CHENEY - comments on sanctions; explains what our forces are authorized to do.] Orders given to USS Scott cited as example.

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Importance of United Nations vote for a blockade noted.

(Pentagon: Jamie Gangel) Further deployment of United States military forces to Middle East featured; scenes shown of Stealth fighter planes that will be sent to the Persian Gulf. [Pilot Colonel Tony TOLIN - comments on use of these planes.] USS Guam and tanks to be sent shown. [Brookings Institution Lawrence KORB - says President Bush may be thinking he will have to go into Kuwait or Iraq.]

(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Announcement by France that its ships in the Persian Gulf will join United States and Britain in actively enforcing the blockade reported.

(Studio: Mary Alice Williams) Invitation from United Arab Emirates for Arab and friendly forces to deploy there as part of multinational effort to protect the region reported.

Cochran, John;
Gangel, Jamie;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Utley, Garrick;
Williams, Mary Alice

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