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Iraq-US Relations / United Nations Weapons Inspections #621811

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 14, 1998
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The status of the US-Iraq confrontation over UN weapons inspections introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) Iraq's apparent decision to allow United Nations weapons inspections to resume featured; details given of a letter from Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. [UN envoy Prakash SHAH - comments on the letter.] The United Nations response and Iraq's request for sanctions relief also noted; scenes shown of anti-US demonstrations in Baghdad.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: John Palmer) The White House rejection of any terms requested by Iraq for compliance with United Nations weapons inspections examined. [National Security Adviser Samuel BERGER - expresses skepticism about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's actions over the years.] The announcement that President Clinton will delay his trip to the Far East noted. [White House press secretary Joe LOCKHART - makes the announcement.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR - affirms that compliance must be absolute.] [Georgetown University Robert GALLUCCI - says the United States cannot accept any conditions in dealing with Iraq.]

(UN: Pat Dawson) The United Nations Security Council meeting to consider diplomacy in response to Iraq's letter featured. [ANNAN - says it is a positive development.] [chief United Nations weapons inspector Richard BUTLER - says the Security Council decides what's next.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(No location given: Rick Davis) The eight years of confrontation with Saddam reviewed; scenes shown from the Persian Gulf war, United States missile attacks against Iraq in 1993, United Nations weapons inspections for chemical and biological weapons, United States missile strikes in 1996 and the diplomacy to continue further inspections. [Brookings Institution Richard HAASS - reviews's Saddam's approach.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Coverage of the showdown with Iraq on tomorrow's Meet the Press noted.

Allen, Ron;
Davis, Rick;
Dawson, Pat;
Palmer, John;
Williams, Brian

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