Tensions Rise in Iraq and North Korea

Published: 1994
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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (L) meets with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 2/22/1998 at the Republican Palace in an effort to resolve the weapons inspections crisis. (UPI Photo/Files)

Announcer: Kuwait in 1994 sentenced six men to death for plotting to assassinate George Bush. Saddam Hussein sent troops toward Kuwait again but pulled back after President Clinton scrambled troops to the area.

North Korea took a page from Iraq’s playbook, thumbing its nose at International Atomic Energy Inspectors. Its message to the UN, “Don’t even think about sanctions."

Unknown Speaker: "We will interpret the sanction resolution as an act of war against my country."

Announcer: North Korea relented some after a visit from an independent emissary.

Jimmy Carter: "I believe they would all confirm that we had a totally and completely harmonious meeting and that there are no differences of understanding or attitude between us."

Announcer: Former President Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter: "As far as I am concerned there are no unanswered questions."

Announcer: But there was one more North Korean development just a few days later.

Unknown Speaker: [Non English]

Announcer: An anguished message on Radio Pyongyang was translated by UPI’s James Kim in Seoul.

James Kim: "North Korea announced that President Kim-Il-Sung died of a heart attack."

Announcer: Kim’s son took power and promised to abide by the agreement just reached, but North Korea stayed Marxist and militant a new year's end shot down a US helicopter killing one wounding another.