CNN Evening News for Thursday, Feb 26, 1998
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The return of United Nations weapons inspectors to the US following United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's deal with the United Nations introduced.
(UN: Richard Roth) The fallout from the Iraq-UN deal examined. [Chief UN weapons inspector Richard BUTLER - comments on inspections with diplomatic observers.] Annan's letter to the United Nations staff about his agreement with Iraq noted and quoted. [US ambassador to the United Nations Bill RICHARDSON, Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations Nabil ELARABY, chief United Nations attorney Hans CORRELL - offer views on the deal and weapons inspections.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's defense of the agreement on Capitol Hill noted. [Senators Joseph BIDEN, Ernest HOLLINGS - offer differing opinions on the new agreement with Iraq and President Saddam Hussein.] Ongoing preparations for military action outlined; cost estimate given.
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Interview held with former United Nations weapons inspector Raymond Zilinskas about the requirement for diplomats to accompany inspectors to Iraqi weapons sites. [ZILINSKAS - outlines the political problems that might affect UNSCOM operations and the logistics of flying diplomats into Baghdad; reviews the history of Iraq's intransigence with weapons inspections; gives his views on the agreement and what might happen with the politics of the American Congress.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Ralph Begleiter) The skepticism about efforts to topple Saddam examined; details given of options being considered, suggested or discounted. [Former United States Congressman Stephen SOLARZ, ALBRIGHT, Iraqi National Congress Ahmed CHALABI, former Undersecretary of Defense Paul WOLFOWITZ - offer views on ousting Saddam.] The question of what to do after Saddam would be eliminated outlined.
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