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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Weapons Inspections #719985

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jan 20, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(United Nations: Andrea Mitchell) Secretary of State Colin Powell’s message to the U.N. Security Council that war with Iraq is a real option featured; details given about opposition from other Security Council members. [POWELL – says we cannot fail to take action because we are afraid of what others might do.] [German foreign minister Joschka FISCHER†, French foreign minister Dominique De VILLEPIN†- oppose military action.] Arab leaders’ encouragement of a coup against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein noted. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD, former chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard BUTLER††– comment on the unlikelihood of Saddam going into exile.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Patricia Sabga) Agreements made between Iraq & U.N. weapons inspectors featured; details given of Iraq’s concessions, including permission for scientists to be interviewed privately, and issues that are still unresolved, such as the use of U-2 surveillance planes; scenes shown of anti-US demonstration in Baghdad. [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX – says some hitches have been solved today.] [Iraqi presidential advisor Gen. Amir al-SAADI†- says no one can come up with evidence that we have chemical & biological weapons.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Rumsfeld’s statement on a post-Saddam regime; Great Britain’s announcement that it is sending 26,000 ground troops to the Persian Gulf and anti-war demonstrations at events commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King reported; scenes shown from Atlanta.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Sabga, Patricia

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