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Iraq-US Relations / Diplomacy / Annan #178203

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 20, 1998
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(Studio: Lisa McRee) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Morton Dean) The diplomatic trip by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to Iraq featured; scenes shown. [ANNAN - hopes to find a way out of the crisis.] [Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ - comments.] UN report on the visit by surveyors to Iraqi presidential compounds noted. [UN official Steffan de MISTURA - says two weapons inspectors went, too.] Annan's plans to meet with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted.

(Studio: Lisa McRee) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) Administration meetings to fine tune military strategy in case diplomacy fails featured; scenes shown of anti-American demonstrations in the Middle East. [Via United States Information Agency, CLINTON - says Saddam must act or we will act.] [Arab American Institution president James ZOGBY - opposed air strikes.] [At University of Minnesota, United States ambassador to the United Nations Bill RICHARDSON - responds to protesters.]

(Studio: Lisa McRee) Authorization by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for the families of United States officials in Israel and Kuwait to leave reported.

(Kuwait City: Jim Wooten) The view from Kuwait, the only Arab state that has backed United States policy in the gulf, featured; scenes shown of United States ground troops training. [SOLDIER - comments.]

(Tel Aviv: Antonio Mora) The reaction in the Middle East featured; scenes shown of pro-Iraq Palestinian demonstrations and from Israel. [Israeli WOMAN - comments.]

(Studio: Lisa McRee) United Nations Security Council vote to increase the amount of oil Iraq can sell under the oil-for-food program reported.

Dean Morton;
McRee, Lisa;
McWethy, John;
Mora, Antonio;
Wooten, Jim

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