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Iraq-US Relations / Annan Diplomatic Mission / Clinton / Military Access #178161

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 19, 1998
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The mission of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to Iraq to try to get Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to comply with United Nations weapons inspections noted; scenes shown of him in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac.

(White House: Sam Donaldson) The signals from the White House that military action will follow if Annan's mission fails examined. [President CLINTON - says the United States is prepared to act if diplomacy fails; comments on yesterday's "debate" at Ohio State.] [At South Carolina, Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The "planning nightmare" for the United States military because three allied nations will not allow the United States to take off from there to attack Iraq noted.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The United States military presence in the Persian Gulf region updated; details given of planes that now could not be used because of rules by Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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