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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Aziz Interview / U.N. Weapons Inspections #720159

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.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Harris, Dan

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