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Iraq-US Relations / Weapons Inspections / Saudi Arabia #719760

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 16, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Patricia Sabga) The day’s developments in the weapons inspections in Iraq featured; details given of the discovery by U.N. weapons inspectors of warheads capable of carrying chemical weapons and of the inspectors’ surprise visits to homes of two Iraqi scientists; scenes shown. [Former chief U.N. weapons inspector Ambassador Richard BUTLER†- comments.] [Chief Iraqi liaison to U.N. inspector Gen. Hossam Mohammed AMIN†- says they are expired rockets.] [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- says the Iraqis are guilty of not declaring chemical warfare delivery agents.] [Iraq scientist Dr. Shaker el-JIBOURI††- expresses anger at the inspectors.] [Iraqi defector Khidhir HAMZA††- says both scientists are in the know.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report on “Time” magazine’s Website that the Saudis are exploring a strategy for the overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The possibility that Saudi Arabia will convince Iraqi generals to get rid of Saddam featured. [Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Edward WALKER‡- suggests a coup would be preferable to war.]

Note: Local weather bulletin on screen.

Brokaw, Tom;
Sabga, Patricia;
Mitchell, Andrea

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