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Iraq / United Nations Weapons Inspections #420048

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 13, 1998
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Iraq's blocking of the United Nations weapons inspections team in Baghdad reported.

(UN: Richard Roth) Developments at the United Nations about Iraq's lack of cooperation in the on again off again crisis featured. [British ambassador to United Nations Sir John WESTON - says a pattern of non-compliance appears.] [UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN - downplays the crisis.] [Iraqi ambassador to United Nations Nizar HAMDOON - comments.] [Chief United Nations weapons inspector Richard BUTLER - defends team leader Scott Ritter.] [UN Security Council president Alain DEJAMMET - calls for patience.] Butler's plans to return to Iraq at the end of the week for more talks noted.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The reaction of President Clinton's administration to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's latest actions examined. [Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT - promises vigilance in the Persian Gulf.] New York Times and "Washington Post" editorials critical of the administration's handling of the inspection crisis quoted. [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - says options are being explored.] [Brookings Institution Lawrence KORB - suggests the United States must make Saddam pay.] The likely response from Arab nations, Russia, France and China if the US acts alone against Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(State Department: Steve Hurst) The issue of the makeup of the United Nations weapons inspections teams examined. [State Department James RUBIN, former UN weapons inspector David KAY - say the teams are determined by the United Nations on the basis of expertise.] The reasons why Britain and the United States dominate the current inspections teams noted.

Blitzer, Wolf;
Hurst, Steve;
Roth, Richard;
Woodruff, Judy

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