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Iraq-US Relations / United Nations Weapons Inspections #421161

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Nov 12, 1998
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The latest developments in the United States showdown with Iraq after its refusal to comply with United Nations weapons inspections outlined on screen.

(Baghdad: Christiane Amanpour) The view from Iraq featured. [Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ - says the United States is blocking any peaceful solution by refusing to lift sanctions; says United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan should come up with a diplomatic option.] Iraq's lack of support from its Arab neighbors and the lack of orchestrated demonstrations on the streets of Baghdad this time noted. The mood of the Iraqi people discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) The White House review of military options featured; details given of the possibility of United States air strikes. [State Department spokesman James RUBIN - reacts to Iraq's response today.] Whether the Iraq crisis could effect President Clinton's Asian trip discussed.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interview held about the future for United Nations weapons inspections. [UNSCOM Caroline CROSS - says our inspection work has always been dependent on full Iraqi cooperation.]

(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The United States military buildup in the Persian Gulf region updated; details given about the B-52s and F-117s moved overseas and about the likely facilities that would be targeted for air strikes.

(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The world reaction to military actions against Iraq noted. [Russian foreign minister Igor IVANOV - (thru translator) outlines how striking against Iraq would be a big mistake.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) The view of the Arab gulf states that Iraq must heed United Nations resolutions reviewed.

(Jerusalem: Walter Rodgers) Preparations in Israel in case Iraqi President Saddam Hussein targets the nation featured. [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NETANYAHU, ISRAELI - talk about responding to Iraq.] The concern of Palestinians reviewed. [Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat's adviser Dr. Ahmad TIBI, military analyst Gerald STEINBERG -offer views on an attack.]

Amanpour, Christiane;
Blitzer, Wolf;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Rodgers, Walter;
Shaw, Bernard;
Woodruff, Judy

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