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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Bush #719135

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 09, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from U.N. weapons inspectors that there is no evidence of "smoking guns" in Iraq & Britain's moderating position on war noted.

(State Department: Martha Raddatz) The U.N. report on Iraq's weaponry featured. [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX - says we have not found any smoking gun.] [September 12, 2002, President BUSH - says Iraq has been trying to buy high-strength aluminum to enrich uranium.] [International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed el-BARADEI†- comments on the aluminum & scientists who might be interviewed outside Iraq.] [US ambassador to UN John NEGROPONTE†- says there is no evidence Iraq has fundamentally changed from its policy of deceit.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The Iraqi view of its report presented to the U.N. & of complaints about "dubious" questions from the weapons inspectors reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) The obstacles for the US in taking military action against Iraq featured; details given about the lack of evidence found by the U.N., the pressure of British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† to stay out of war & the complications brought about by the North Korean crisis. [At a flag factory, BUSH - comments on weapons of mass destruction.] [British Ambassador to UN Sir Jeremy GREENSTOCK†- says the weapons inspectors need time.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The earliest date for a possible attack on Iraq noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Raddatz, Martha;
Harris, Dan;
Moran, Terry

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