This program is 28 minutes long
(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.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Oil prices reported rising as result of Persian Gulf crisis; gasoline price record high noted. Report introduced.
(Tehran: Tom Pettit) Hugh profits for oil-rich Iran during blockade of Iraq featured; scenes shown from Tehran, Iran. [Oil analyst Mare DIVARZI - comments.] Buyers noted including India and Japan. [Japan trade office managing DIRECTOR - comments.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) European Economic Community reported agreeing to give aid to Middle East countries like Jordan and Turkey, hurting from loss of trade with Iraq; Japan noted offering to help Jordan. Report introduced.
(New York: Mike Jensen) American economic windfalls and losses in Persian Gulf crisis examined. [PEOPLE - comment.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) After tour of Persian Gulf area, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney reported sending more military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Report introduced.
(Saudi Arabia: Arthur Kent) Cooperation between Saudi Arabian and Operation "Desert Shield" forces featured; Saudi air force pilots noted trained with American and British pilots; scenes shown. [SAUDI - comments on relationship.] [Royal Saudi Air Force General Turki Bin NASSER - talks about unpredictability of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Thousands of Saudis reported responding to call for volunteers by Saudi Arabian King Fahd.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iraq noted completing withdrawal from Iran; Iran-Iraq war recalled. Report introduced.
(Cairo: Mike Boettcher) Megalomaniac Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's use of modern technology to build his image featured; scenes shown of ancient monuments in Luxor, Egypt, from Iraqi television and of monument built by Hussein's ancient predecessor King Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon. [Psychiatrist Dr. Akhmed OKASHA - comments on comparisons to Hitler.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Pentagon reasons for soldiers to remain unidentified noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Saudi Arabian opinion of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted.