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Libya / Chemical Weapons #323912

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 03, 1989
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) State Department reported urging allies to stop assistance to Muammar el-Kadhafi's regime due to Libya's nearly completed chemical weapons plant. Reports introd.

(DC: Wyatt Andrews) Kadhafi noted claiming that plant will manufacturer pharmaceutical prods. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says plant will manufacturer chemical weapons.] Intelligence sources noted claiming that Kadhafi's plant can already product mustard and other forms of nerve gas. Sources quoted with regard to plant located in Rabtah, Libya. [Brookings Institution spokesperson Elisa HARRIS, REDMAN - comment on chemical weapons plant.] [Senator William COHEN - expresses concern with regard to Kadhafi's possession of chemical capabilities.] United States noted planning to use diplomacy pressure against Libya.

(London, England: Bill McLaughlin) De Dietrich, chemical equipment factory in Strasbourg, France, reported suspected of knowingly supplying Kadhafi with necessary supplies to build his chemical weapons plant. [De Dietrich spokesperson Jean WEISSENBACH - denies accusation.] Kadhafi's bombing of W. Berlin nightclub and United States bombing of Tripoli, Libya, recalled. Italian foreign min. Giulio Andreotti noted claiming that United States changed its story re: nightclub bombing; possible Syrian responsibility for attack mentioned. [Pol. analyst Fred HALLIDAY - says now, allies don't believe Americans re: Kadhafi's weapons plant.] [Ex-CIA director Stansfield TURNER - says President Reagan may be exaggerating situation.] Allies noted asserting that US needs more proof before attacking Libya.

Andrews, Wyatt;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob

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