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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Scientists / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Turkey Summit / Allies #720253

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 23, 2003
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(Amman: Peter Jennings) The many strands of the story on a possible US war with Iraq noted.

(White House: Terry Moran) The diplomatic & public relations offensive by the White House featured; details given about the report "What Does Disarmament Look Like‡" that describes how South Africa, Kazakhstan & Ukraine cooperated with weapons inspections in the 1990. [Deputy defense secretary Paul WOLFOWITZ - says sources indicate that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will kill any scientist that cooperates with U.N. weapons inspectors.] Statement from national security adviser Condoleezza Rice† in the "New York Times" noted. [British foreign secretary Jack STRAW†, Secretary of State Colin POWELL - state support for a war.] The position of France against war noted.

(Amman: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The issue of private interviews between UN officials & Iraqi scientists examined. [Saddam's scientific adviser Amir al-SAADI†- says persons asked to be interviewed will be encouraged to accept.] [National Monitoring Directorate Hossam Mohammed AMIN†- comments on interviews.] [UN spokesman Hiro UEKI†- says if someone is present, the scientists may not tell the whole truth.]

(Amman: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Istanbul: Jim Sciutto) The meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, of Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia & Syria about a possible war against Iraq featured; details given of the summit declaration calling for Iraq to assume their responsibilities in preserving peace.

(Amman: Peter Jennings) "Road to War?" segment introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The ramification for the US of a war without allies examined; details given of the importance of being able to use bases in Turkey & Jordan. [ABC News military analyst Tony CORDESMAN†- says the US will have real trouble without ground forces.] US negotiations with European allies over war supply routes if Germany refuses noted. [Former NATO supreme allied commander retired Gen. George JOULWAN†- says we could do it alone.]

Note: local school closings shown on screen.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Harris, Dan;
Sciutto, Jim;
McWethy, John

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