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Iraq-US Relations / Bush-Bandar Meeting / Weapons of Mass Destruction #708952

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 27, 2002
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(Studio: Stone Phillips) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) Statements made in a meeting between President Bush & Saudi Arabian ambassador Prince Bandar that Saudi Arabia will not support a war between the US and Iraq featured; photos shown; video shown of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak†† warning against a war. [Saudi foreign policy advisor Adel al-JUBEIR†- questions whether the whole world is wrong about war with Iraq.] [On “Dateline,” former head of Saudi intelligence Prince Prince TURKI al-Faisal††- denies US charges that Saudi Arabia helped finance Al Qaeda.]

(Studio: Stone Phillips) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Claims by the Bush administration that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is close to developing nuclear weapons featured; details given about Iraq’s stockpile of SCUD missiles and chemical & biological capabilities. [Brookings Institution Michael O’HANLON†- says there is a chance that Saddam’s progress is very slow and he may never get a nuclear bomb.] [Former Secretary of Defense William COHEN†- says you must have evidence that an attack against the US is imminent before you launch a pre-emptive strike.]

Phillips, Stone;
Gregory, David;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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