• Short Summary

    Iraq's President Saddam Hussein says his forces will withdraw from Iranian territory as soon as Iran recognises what he described as its "legitimate rights".

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    SV Two men sitting at rostrum, with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaking in Arabic, in Baghdad, Iraq
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    SV Journalists
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    GV Rostrum ZOOM TO President speaking
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    NOTE OF EDITORS: Please note that the commentary script is a precis of the essential elements of the news conference, and is not provided as a translation of President Hussein's speech on film.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Iraq's President Saddam Hussein says his forces will withdraw from Iranian territory as soon as Iran recognises what he described as its "legitimate rights". But at the same time he warns Iraq is ready to fight on until, as he puts it, Iran is "dismembered". President Hussein was speaking in Baghdad on Monday (10 November) at his first news conference since the Gulf conflict began.

    SYNOPSIS: Asked if Iraq would continue to push further into Iranian territory, President Hussein said his army would do what it has to do in its "arm-twisting" to make Teheran negotiate. He added that it may be necessary for Iraq to take more territory and warned Iran that the longer the war continues, the more additional rights Baghdad will demand.

    President Hussein seemed anxious to convince the international newsmen that his aims were still moderate. Already defined, they include complete sovereignty over the Shatt al-Arab waterway and the recovery of border districts which President Hussein says Iran did not return under the terms of the Algiers Pact in 1975. The Iraqi leader also is also insistent on his most important demand--an end to claimed Iranian interference in Iraq's internal affairs. President Hussein predicted that Iraq soon would restart oil exports, interrupted by the conflict, and promised that technical preparations already are underway. He said Iraq wants the area to enjoy stability, and understands the importance of freedom of navigation in the Gulf and in the Strait of Hormuz. The three-hour news conference was interrupted for twenty minutes when the lights went out for an air raid alert.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4U5IJEEG3THU8LY3N5EQAT9V1
    Media URN:
    VLVA4U5IJEEG3THU8LY3N5EQAT9V1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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