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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / America's Allies / Saadi Interview / U.N. Weapons Inspections #720001

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 21, 2003
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(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) President Bush's administration's movement toward probable war with Iraq featured; details given from the White House report entitled "Apparatus of Lies," which is a catalog of Iraq's misdeeds. [BUSH - says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is not disarming.] [Deputy Secretary of State Richard ARMITAGE†- says time is running out & we have to take another course & not let Saddam wear us down.]

(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) The view of America's allies that Bush is in too much of a hurry to go to war noted.

(State Department: Martha Raddatz) The growing opposition in the international community to a push for war featured; details given of the positions of the French foreign minister, Germany, China & Russia. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says Saddam must be disarmed.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR††- comments.]

(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Exclusive taped interview held with Saddam's science advisor Amer al-Saadi†. [SAADI - says the US knows Iraq does not have weapons of mass destruction; states the US has to abandon its political agenda against Iraq; notes Iraq tells the truth & the allegations are not true; comments on his statement that he would not meet privately with U.N. weapons inspections; points out he has been asked by Americans & the British to defect.]

(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Findings of an ABC News/"Washington Post" poll on the public support for a war with Iraq outlined on screen.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Raddatz, Martha

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