NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 21, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Developments in Persian Gulf crisis listed. Report introduced.
(Amman, Jordan: Garrick Utley) Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz reported visiting Amman, Jordan, where he offered to negotiate settlement with US. [At Western-style press conference, AZIZ - says we are ready to talk; says America will lose if they attack; mentions Americans now located at military and industrial sites; denies that foreigners are hostages.] Scenes shown from Iraqi television broadcasting open letter from Saddam Hussein threatening President Bush.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Kennebunkport, ME: John Cochran) White House response reported; scenes shown of Bush at Falmouth, ME, Republican fund-raising golf tournament. [White House spokesman Marlin FITZWATER - comments on Aziz' statements.] [White House Chief of Staff John SUNUNU - talks about Bush's vacation.] Western European countries reported sending naval joint task force to Persian Gulf; scenes shown from Paris; French President Francois Mitterrand noted sending troops to United Arab Emirates; West Germany noted considering changing Constitution, which forbids military action outside Europe. [British Prime Minister Margaret THATCHER - criticizes detainment of Westerners.] China and USSR diplomats reported dragging feet on United Nations Security Council resolution allowing military enforcement of trade embargo against Iraq. Bush's military strategy session tomorrow previewed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Maine: John Cochran; Jordan: Garrick Utley) Discussion presented of today's events; Syria reported announcing troops are in Saudi Arabia; Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak noted sending firm message to Saddam Hussein; possibility of coup against Hussein considered. Report introduced. ...... (Pentagon: Fred Francis) Possibility of gunfire between United States Naval fleet and Iraqi tankers examined; Pentagon statement regarding UN mentioned. [FITZWATER - comments on military authority.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Army reported setting up special mail system for Army GI's; video hellos shown from GI's in gulf.