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Iraq-US Relations / Showdown / United States Military Action / United Nations #421187

CNN Evening News for Saturday, Nov 14, 1998
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(Studio: Laurie Dhue) Rescinding of orders for the United States military to attack Iraq to allow for further negotiations reported; upcoming United Nations Security Council meeting and the delay of President Clinton's trip to Asia reported.

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) Report introduced.

(United Nations: Richard Roth) Meetings between Iraq's ambassador to the UN Nizar Hamdoon and acting United States ambassador to the United Nations Peter Burleigh and Secretary General Kofi Annan reported; letter from Iraq to the United Nations stating a desire to cooperate reported; attachments of letter considered to be "unacceptable" conditions noted; concerns about "comprehensive review" reported. [HAMDOON - says that attachments to the agreement to cooperate are not conditions, but preferences.] [ANNAN - says the Council must discuss its response and that people must wait for that; says there may be a step in the right direction.]

(Studio: Laurie Dhue) Report introduced.

(Baghdad, Iraq: Christiane Amanpour) Insistence from Iraqi officials that the attachments to cooperation letter were not conditions reported; no response from Iraqi officials inside Iraq noted. [Iraqi BROADCASTER (thru translator) - says Iraq has offered to cooperate and participate in the comprehensive review; says American pressure does not ensure an objective review.]

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) Report introduced.

(White House: Wolf Blitzer) Delay of Clinton's trip to Asia due to the Iraqi crisis reported; hope of Clinton to take Asia trip later noted. [National Security Advisor Sandy BERGER - recounts agreements between Iraq and the UN; says Iraqi conditions were unacceptable.]

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) Live press conference with Hamdoon from the UN shown. [HAMDOON - describes the contents of the letter and annex sent to Annan; explains reasons for the addition to the letter; says there is a lot of confusion from the media; talks about some incidents between himself and UN leaders.]

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) Report introduced.

(United Nations: Richard Roth) Concern about contradicting media reports about the Iraqi letter noted; insistence of Hamdoon for a verbal agreement with the United Nations instead of another document noted.

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) Phone interview held with former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. [EAGLEBURGER - says Iraq's diplomacy is very confusing; says Hussein is trying to get out from under a United States military attack any way he can; describes suspicions about the annex to cooperation letter; says the suspected Iraqi strategy is not working; says Hussein has misjudged everything since the Kuwait invasion; says the United States has not gotten things right either.]

Amanpour, Christiane;
Blitzer, Wolf;
Dhue, Laurie;
Meserve, Jeanne;
Roth, Richard

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