Iraq on Wednesday accused the United States of looking for a fight, but President Bush says he has no immediate plans to go to war in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia said any Arab summit would fail unless Iraq agreed in advance to withdraw from Kuwait. Morocco's King Hassan had appealed last week for an emergency summit, saying it might be the last chance for peace.The United States was putting pressure on Japan to do more for the effort to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. Vice President Dan Quayle, in Tokyo, thanked Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu for Japan's financial support but suggested that a Japanese presence in the gulf would demonstrate a far greater commitment.
The State Department said two Americans were to leave Iraq on Wednesday and today. The department did not release their identities or further details.
Also Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney authorized the military services to call up 72,500 more reservists and National Guard members because of the situation in the Persian Gulf.
His action brings to 125,000 the number of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps reservists who can be on active duty. The limit had been 48,800 before Friday and 52,500 before Wednesday's announcement.
The Saudi government, facing mounting demands from religious conservatives, has announced that women who drive automobiles in the kingdom are ``portents of evil' and will be subject to ``appropriate punishment.'
Although strict tradition has for years prevented Saudi women from obtaining driver's licenses, there had been no law on the books providing sanctions against women who drive. The new ruling followed a storm of religious protest over a demonstration last week in which 50 black-cloaked women drove a convoy of 15 cars through the streets of the capital city, Riyadh.
Religious leaders have linked the driving demonstration to the presence of foreign military troops in the kingdom. The ruling was widely regarded as a concession to conservatives in the hope of offsetting any more politically troublesome protests against the presence of foreign troops in Saudi Arabia.