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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait #576830

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 02, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iraqi president Saddam Hussein reported invading and taking over Kuwait today, claiming revolutionaries' invitation; sanctions from President Bush, Great Britain and USSR , and condemnation from United Nations Security Council detailed. Telephone interview presented with Karen Glass from Kuwait City, Kuwait. White House and Pentagon noted considering options. Report introduced.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Aspen, Colorado: John Cochran) President Bush's position on military intervention reported changing after Aspen, Colorado, meeting with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; scenes shown of Bush with Thatcher. [This morning at White House, BUSH - comments on intervention.] [In Colorado, BUSH - comments on intervention.] [THATCHER - implies United Nations military action if Security Council condemnation is ignored.] After talks in Siberia, USSR , with Secretary of State James Baker, Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported agreeing to sanctions; scenes shown. [Senator Christopher DODD - comments on intervention.] House reported adding further sanctions to those requested by Bush; Senate noted giving Bush authority to use emergency oil reserves; Bush warning regarding American oil workers in Kuwait noted. ......

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Pentagon: Fred Francis) Military intervention possibilities examined. State Department reports that some American oil workers are being held by Iraq noted; their rescue reported less likely than action to prevent invasion of other Gulf states. [Kuwaiti ambassador Saud Nasir al-SABAH - asks for United States intervention.] Pentagon officials noted saying no intervention; aircraft carrier Independence and Navy ships expected to be used for blockade. United States backing of Iraq during Iran/Iraq war recalled. [Middle East analyst Shlomo GAZIT - says Iraq will try to take Saudi Arabian oil fields.] United States war supplies noted stored in Saudi Arabia.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Interview presented with Middle East expert. [In Washington, Council on Foreign Relations Richard MURPHY - comments on Iraqi statements and motivations, United States military options and possibility of hostage-taking.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Francis, Fred

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