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Iran-US Relations / Khatami / Nuclear Capability #420610

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1998
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(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Last night's comments on CNN from Iranian President Mohammed Khatami about dialogue with the United States reviewed.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The United States response to statements from Khatami that were conciliatory towards Americans examined. [State Department spokesman James RUBIN - reads a statement about what Khatami said.] Some Congressional support for President Clinton's cautious efforts to reach out to Khatami noted. [Senator Frank LAUTENBERG, Representative Jane HARMAN - offer differing opinions on Iran.] [Middle East Institute Roscoe SUDDARTH - points out that a generation has passed since the hostage taking in Tehran.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Khatami's denial that Iran wants to become a nuclear power noted.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) Iran's development of nuclear power examined; details given of Iran's history of trying to buy nuclear technology and of the efforts to build longer range missiles. [In CNN interview, KHATAMI - (thru translator) says Iran does not intend to become a nuclear power; denies Iranian role in terrorism.] [Pentagon spokesman Ken BACON - says Iran is trying to develop nuclear capabilities.] [National Council of Resistance of Iran Soonia SAMSAMI - talks about Iran and the regional balance of power.] [Washington Institute for the Near East Michael EISENSTADT - points out that Hizballah has staged suicide bombing attempts in Israel.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Bowker, Hilary;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Woodruff, Judy

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