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November 30, 1990 – CBS World News Roundup – KNX-AM, Los Angeles – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
November 30, 1990 – Another step closer to war with Iraq just got the go ahead at the UN Security Council. Invoking Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, offered Iraq one final chance to implement Resolution 660 (1990) which demanded that Iraq withdraw its forces unconditionally from Kuwait to the positions in which they were located on 1 August 1990, the day before the invasion of Kuwait began.
On 29 November 1990, the Security Council passed Resolution 678 which gave Iraq until 15 January 1991 to withdraw from Kuwait and empowered states to use “all necessary means” to force Iraq out of Kuwait after the deadline. The Resolution requested Member States to keep the Council informed on their decisions. This was the legal authorization for the Gulf War, as Iraq did not withdraw by the deadline.
Cuba’s position was nuanced as it had voted for or abstained on previous resolutions relating to the Iraqi invasion, but did not support Resolution 678 because of its authorization of “all necessary means.”
Resolution 678 was adopted by 12 votes with two opposing (Cuba and Yemen) and one abstention from the People’s Republic of China.
Meanwhile, president Bush expressed reluctance to address a joint session of Congress over the crisis, although he was in regular consultation with members he did not expect to be calling Congress back in from its recess because of the Gulf situation, even with the UN Security Council vote. Capitol Hill opinion ranged from enthusiastic acceptance of the UN resolution, while some lawmakers thought allowing sanctions to work was the better route to go. All expressed concerned over a potential nuclear threat from Iraq and Saddam Hussein.
The Senate Ethics Committee continued its hearings into alleged influence peddling by five senators on behalf of failed S&L’s operated by Charles Keating. More tough was expected today as more was unearthed.
And that’s just a small sample of what was going on, this November 30, 1990 as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.