ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 22, 2003
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(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Some key dates in the crisis over Iraq outlined on screen.
(Pentagon: John McWethy) President Bush's administration's push for war with Iraq featured; statement from Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Richard Myers & Secretary of State Colin Powell quoted; details given of NATO's decision to put off a vote on a US request for help. [BUSH - advises Iraqi soldiers not to use chemical weapons or face being tried as war criminals.] [Brookings Inst. Ivo DAALDER- says most of our NATO allies are not ready to consider military action.]
(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's view of a possible war noted.
(State Department: Martha Raddatz) Three things that Iraq could do to avoid a war with the US reviewed: accounting for weapons of mass destruction; exile for Saddam or the removal of Saddam by coup or death. [Brookings Inst. James STEINBERG- comments on Saddam & the options.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says Saddam could leave.]
(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Today's news reports out of Iraq mentioned. Exclusive taped interview held with Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz presented. [In his Baghdad office, AZIZ- says this building was targeted in 1991; states he is an Iraqi patriot; says intimidation cannot be accepted & we will not give up & surrender to the Americans; notes the Iraqi army is well equipped & experienced to fight against an aggressor; asserts American soldiers will be met by bullets, not flowers.]
(Baghdad: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The Iraqi government's sudden campaign against U.N. weapons inspectors because of the visit to a chicken farm featured; scenes shown of the farm & a large mosque.