KUWAIT — The ruler of Kuwait, who is seeking superpower protection for his country's vital oil exports, says the Persian Gulf War is spreading and that this is cause for international concern.
"The war has extended even to the big powers," the emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, said in an address Saturday night.
In a bid to stave off Iranian attacks on its shipping, Kuwait has chartered three Soviet tankers--which have Soviet naval escorts--and plans to sail half its own 22-tanker fleet under the American flag to gain U.S. naval protection. Britain and France also have warships in the waterway.
"The sparks of the gulf war are currently spreading, and the pain and risks of the war are no longer limited to those directly responsible," the emir said.