This program is 28 minutes long
(Amman: Peter Jennings) ABC News exclusive interview with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein at a government guest house in Baghdad presented; scenes shown. [In response to anchor's questions, HUSSEIN - (thru translator) talks about peace, an Arab solution through a dialogue between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, discussions with United States and the issue of the occupation of Kuwait; rejects "preconditions" imposed by US; criticizes rulers of Kuwait who are being defended by President Bush.] Hussein's criticism of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak detailed.
(Amman: Peter Jennings) Interview of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein continued in which he is questioned about holding of American hostages and about Americans in hiding in occupied Kuwait. [HUSSEIN - (thru translator) says it is a difficult situation that is justified because it may detract from possibility of war; talks further about eventual freedom for these people when war no longer looms large; calls for open pledge from President Bush not to use weapons against Iraq.] Two Americans, United States consul in Kuwait William Colwell and Dr. William Brown, reported released as favor to former attorney general Ramsey Clark. Plans for planeload of women and children to leave Kuwait while their husbands remain hostages noted. Further coverage of Hussein's interview on "PrimeTime Live" previewed.
(Amman: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(White House: Brit Hume) President Bush's interview with CNN about the Persian Gulf situation presented. [BUSH - says economic slowdown is related to standoff in the gulf with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's takeover of Kuwait resulting in the oil question.] Feeling that Hussein is holding American economy hostage explained.
(Amman: Peter Jennings) President of United States Conference on Catholic Bishops reported delivering letter to White House in which he said weapons of war should not be substitute for political solutions in the Middle East. Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie said stating economic sanctions against Iraq should be given a year with use of military force only as a final resort.
(Washington: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: Jim Wooten) Trial before Senate Ethics Committee of Senators Donald Riegle, John McCain, John Glenn, Dennis DeConcini and absent and ailing Alan Cranston for their relationship with Charles Keating, who is under indictment for cheating depositors in his Lincoln Savings and Loan, featured; scenes shown. [Senator Howell HEFLIN - says many believe Senators services were bought by Keating.] Keating's campaign contributions to these five Senators recalled. [Committee's special counsel Robert BENNETT - talks about charges.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Robert Lujan, son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan, reported being held on rape charges in Alexandria, Virginia.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Admission by producer for music group Milli Vanilli that their hit album was a fake reported; scenes shown of group.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Launching of space shuttle Atlantis after four months of delay reported; scenes shown from Kennedy Space Center.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(State Department: David Ensor) Shortages of food and fuel in USSR featured; scenes shown; details given of discussion of contingency plans by United States and Germany to airlift emergency supplies to USSR . [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER - outlines United States position.] American concerns about stability in President Mikhail Gorbachev's USSR reiterated.
(Amman: Peter Jennings) Expressions from Iraqi officials about consequences of war with United States and continued calls from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for United States to talk analyzed.