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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Iraq / Russia #720451

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 26, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) The US move toward war with Iraq featured; scenes shown from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we reserve our sovereign right to take military action against Iraq alone or in a coalition of the willing; asks how much more time Iraq needs; states President Saddam Hussein replies with lies.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR††- says we will stick with the U.N. route.] [Senator Tom DASCHLE - says the president has not made his case.] [Jordan's King ABDULLAH - doubts there can be a peaceful solution to the crisis.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(UN: Virginia Cha) Tomorrow's handing over to the U.N. of the weapons inspections report previewed. [International Atomic Energy Agency's Mohammed el-BARADEI††- says we are making progress.] [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- says without Iraqi defectors you cannot penetrate a hidden program; states the inspections have to run a "natural course."] The Security Council schedule outlined on screen.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) MSNBC coverage of the inspectors' report announced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) Iraq's defiance on the eve of the weapons inspectors' report featured; scenes shown of the U.N. compound in Baghdad. [Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ†- says we will not leave our homeland.] A medical report on the impact of the Persian Gulf war on Iraq's children reviewed. [Child psychologist Dr. Atle DYREGROV†- describes the children's psychological problems.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Dana Lewis) The view from Russia of a war with Iraq featured; poll findings cited; details given of Russia's oil contracts with Iraq. [Street vendor "SERGEI" - says the war will lead to more terrorism.] [Eurasia Foundation Andrei KORTUNOV†- says the key for Russia is its position in the post-Saddam Iraq.] [Russian parliament member Alexei ARBATOV†- says a war would accelerate missile programs.]

Note: Local school closings on screen

Seigenthaler, John;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Cha, Virginia;
Allen, Ron;
Lewis, Dana

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