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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Bush #720196

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 22, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) President Bush's sales job on a war with Iraq introduced.

(White House: Dana Bash) The Bush team's press against Iraq featured; scenes shown of anti-war protests in St. Louis; details given of efforts to get reluctant allies to come around & to get American public support. [BUSH - says there will be serious consequences for any Iraqi soldier using weapons of mass destruction; says Iraq's dictator has weapons of mass destruction.] [French President Jacques CHIRAC - {thru translator} says we must do everything to avoid war.] The story of the boxes {shown} used as a backdrop for Bush's speech in St. Louis discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Paris: Jim Bittermann) French resistance to going to war in Iraq examined; details given of the growing differences between the US & French view of the timing of war. [French foreign minister Dominque de VILLEPIN†- {thru translator} says today nothing envisages using military action.] [French Inst. on Foreign Relations Dominique MOISI†- says France is reacting to the escalation of the war rhetoric & the negative view of war held in Europe.] [French ministry spokesman Francois RIVASSEAU†- says we will consider the military option.]

Brown, Aaron;
Bash, Dana;
Bittermann, Jim

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