President Bush made brief remarks and held an impromptu news conference outside the White House yesterday concerning U.S. policy toward the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait.

Well, I just wanted to fill you all in on the diplomatic activity that is taking place, intensive diplomatic activity around the world. I've got to go in now. I'm getting another call from President {Turgut} Ozal of Turkey with whom I've been in previous conversation. Yesterday I talked to him. I talked this morning to {Japanese} Prime Minister {Toshiki} Kaifu, and I applaud Japan's stance, cracking down on the imports from Iraq.

I just hung up there in Camp David, talking from, with {Canadian} Prime Minister {Brian} Mulroney. We're all in the same accord. He and President {Francois} Mitterrand, with whom I've spoken, {West German} Chancellor {Helmut} Kohl, {British Prime Minister} Margaret Thatcher.

And I think the alliance, the NATO alliance, is thinking exactly the same way on this. I also talked yesterday to Kuwait's emir, and gave him certain assurances.

What's emerging is nobody is, seems to be showing up as willing to accept anything less than total withdrawal from Iraq, from Kuwait of the Iraqi forces, and no puppet regime. We've been down that road, and there will be no puppet regime that will be accepted by any countries that I'm familiar with.

And there seems to be a united front out there that says Iraq, having committed brutal, naked aggression, ought to get out, and that this concept of their installing some puppet, leaving behind, will not be acceptable.

So we're pushing forward on diplomacy. We've gotten -- tomorrow I'll meet here in Washington, with the secretary general of the United Nations, I mean, secretary general of NATO, and Margaret Thatcher will be coming in here tomorrow. And I will be continuing this diplomatic effort, and I'm sure you know of the meeting I had in Camp David with some of our top military people, and I will continue that kind of consultation as well.

Q: How are you going to keep the puppet government from being accepted and installed?

A: There is no intention on the part of any of these countries to accept a puppet government, and that signal is going out loud and clear to Iraq. And I will not discuss with you what my options are, or might be. But they're wide open, I can assure you of that.

Q: Have you talked to Saudi Arabians and the Turks about turning off the oil pipelines through their countries?

A: All options are open, and there is a strong feeling on the part of the NATO countries, to whom I've talked, Turkey being one of them, that we must have concerted, and I'd say well-concerted action, to isolate Iraq economically. And you can just assume from there that those matters are being considered.

Q: Are the Saudis inclined to cut off the pipeline?

A: I can't tell you the state of play. I've discussed this with King Fahd, and I, whether I'll be talking to him again today, I don't know. But I'm not going to characterize their position on this. Let them speak for themselves.

Q: What is the situation on the ground? Do the Iraqis appear to be dug in?

A: Iraqi lied once again. They said they were going to start moving out today, and we have no evidence that they're moving out.

Q: Do we have evidence that there's 18 divisions, new divisions coming in?

A: I'm not going to discuss the intelligence situation on the ground right now, but I've not heard a figure of 18 new divisions going in.

Q: Are Americans in danger in Kuwait or other areas down there?

A: I wouldn't want to say they're in danger. But I think you know how I feel about the protection of American life and the willingness to do whatever is necessary to protect it. But I don't have the feeling that they're in imminent danger right now.

Q: And the people who are now in control in Kuwait are saying they may close some of the embassies in Kuwait City, that they will regard any reaction against them as, "You should take care if you have your nationals in our country." Isn't that a threat?

A: I'm not going to characterize threats. The threat is the vicious aggression against Kuwait, and that speaks for itself, and anything collaterally is just simply more indication that these are outlaws, international outlaws and renegades. And I want to see the United Nations move soon with Chapter 7 sanctions, and I want to see the rest of the world join us as they are in overwhelming numbers to isolate Saddam Hussein.

Q: How can you and other world leaders prevent the installation of what you term as a puppet government?

A: Just wait. Watch and learn.

Q: Have you, in fact, tried to reach {Iraqi President} Saddam Hussein?

A: No. No, I have not.

Q: Have we asked the Saudi Arabians for the use of their military bases?

A: I'm not going to discuss what I'm talking to the Saudis about. I'm not going to discuss anything to do with, about military options at all.

Q: Have you talked to King Hussein of Jordan since he indicated his support {for Saddam Hussein}?

A: I talked to him once, and that's all.

Q: Are you disappointed in what King Hussein has --

A: I want to see the Arab states join the rest of the world in condemning this outrage, and doing what they can to get Saddam Hussein out. Now, he was talking, King Hussein, about an Arab solution, but I am disappointed to find any comment by anyone that apologizes or appears to condone what's taken place.

Q: Is {Defense} Secretary {Richard B.} Cheney going to Saudi Arabia?

A: I'm not going to comment on anything that we're doing of that nature.

Q: Are you disappointed in the failure of the Arab, other Arab nations to make more progress toward resolving the situation?

A: Well, I was told by one leader that I respect enormously -- I believe this was back on Friday -- that they needed 48 hours to find what was called "an Arab solution." That obviously has failed. And, of course, I'm disappointed that the matter hasn't been resolved before now. It's a very serious matter. I'll take one more and then I've got to go to work over here.

Q: Are you already taking steps to protect Americans over there?

A: I am not going to discuss what we're doing in terms of moving of forces, anything of that nature. But I view it very seriously, not just that, but any threat to any other countries, as well as I view very seriously our determination to reverse out this aggression.

And please believe me, there are an awful lot of countries that are in total accord with what I've just said, and I salute them. They are staunch friends and allies, and we will be working with them all for collective action. This will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait.

I've got to go. I have to go to work. I've got to go to work.