ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 30, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from President Bush that he would welcome exile for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein quoted.
(White House: Terry Moran) White House reaction to a letter in the "Wall Street Journal" from eight European leaders backing a hard-line against Iraq featured; details given about the letter also carried in European papers. [With Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, BUSH - offers thanks for the letter; says if Saddam & his henchmen would leave, we would welcome it.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(State Department: Martha Raddatz) The possibility that Saddam would voluntarily leave power examined. [Naval War College professor Ahmed HASIM- says Saddam might consider exile as an option.] [On Sunday, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says immunity would be a fair trade.] Examples of two previously exiled leaders recounted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The issue of the intelligence community's view of pipes ordered by Iraq reported; details given of what assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage told Congress about the evidence. [On Tuesday, BUSH - says Saddam has purchased aluminum tubes suitable for nuclear production.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraq's request that Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix & International Atomic Energy Agency's Mohamed el-Baradei return to Baghdad noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) First Lady Laura Bush's decision to postpone a White House gathering of the nation's leading poets because many would object to war with Iraq noted.