ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 17, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) News that Iraq has been stockpiling biological weaponry noted. Report introduced.
(Studio: Charles Glass) Iraq's ability to infect with biological diseases featured; scenes shown of victims of Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iran and its own Kurdish population [Defense analyst Anthony CORDESMAN - says Iraq is stockpiling biological agents for military use.] Installation at Salman Pak, Iraq, shown from SPOT Image Corporation satellite photos. How biological weaponry would be used detailed. [MIT professor Jonathan KING - explains how germs spread.] [Iraqi ambassador to France Dr. Abdul Rayak al-HACHIMI - denies Iraq has biological weapons.] Announcement by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that Iraq has developed a "super weapon" noted; details given. [CORDESMAN - explains decisiveness of germ warfare.] Extent of worldwide biological weaponry technology examined.
(Studio: Peter Jennings , Charles Glass) Danger of bombing biological weapons plant discussed; details given of Israel's response to issue.
(Studio: Peter Jennings ; DC: John McWethy) Refusal of State Department to make public response at this time reported; US-Iraq relations noted.