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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Bush #577031

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 05, 1990
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(White House: John Cochran) Angry reaction from President Bush to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and to Arab states' refusal to put pressure on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein featured. [BUSH - says Iraq lied; says Arab states must condemn this outrage; says Japan has joined sanctions.] Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney noted going to Saudi Arabia; details given of planned meeting of Bush, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to prevent a permanent Iraqi-installed government in Kuwait. [BUSH - says allies will stop a puppet government.] Jordan's King Hussein and Saudi Arabia's King Fahd mentioned.

(Pentagon: Fred Francis) Next step in pressure on Iraq examined; scenes shown from Iraqi television of supposed troop pullout; map shown to illustrate how easily Saddam Hussein could move troops into Saudi Arabia. [Senator William COHEN - likens Hussein to a "red meat" eater.] Saudi-US relations reviewed. Pressure of Turkey's President Turgut Ozal from both Iraq and United States about Iraqi oil pipeline through his country detailed. [THATCHER - says Iraq cannot be allowed to succeed.] [Senator David BOREN - says United States can blockade oil pipelines.] Issue of safety of American citizens and foreign nationals in Kuwait mentioned.

(Studio: Garrick Utley; Washington: John Cochran, Fred Francis) Reasons why Bush decided to act promptly against Saddam Hussein discussed. Likelihood of a blockade and some military movement on part of US noted. Bush's timetable speculated upon.

Cochran, John;
Francis, Fred;
Utley, Garrick

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