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Middle East / Armaments and Regional Stability #574370

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 13, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Statement from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir about demilitarization in Middle East noted. Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Martin Fletcher) The arms race in the Middle East featured. [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is concentrating on the means of warfare.] [Bar Ilan University Gerald STEINBERG - says chance of accidental wars in this region is increasing.] Review given from American intelligence sources of which countries in Middle East have chemical, biological and nuclear weapons; details recalled of Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iranian troops and Kurdish villagers and Egypt's use of chemical weapons against Yemen; scenes shown from November 1988 and January 1967. [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Leonard SPECTOR - comments.] Need for regional arms talks asserted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Fletcher, Martin

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