NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 30, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The US’s continued pressure on Iraq while Saudi Arabia proposes an offer of amnesty to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein if he agrees to leave Iraq featured; details given about claims of evidence linking Iraq to Al Qaeda; scenes shown of Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House. [SAUD – says we remain committed to seeking a diplomatic solution.] [President BUSH – says we would welcome exile.] [Vice President Dick CHENEY – says maintaining the threat against Iraq is crucial to the war on terror.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – comments on threat of terrorism.] [Canadian foreign minister William GRAHAM- urges the US to wait before attacking.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iraq’s invitation for the top U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Baghdad reported.
(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The evidence of Iraq’s deception that Secretary of State Colin Powell will present to the U.N. next week examined; details given about the risk of using sensitive intelligence, including satellite photos and telephone intercepts; footage shown of US ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick presenting intercepts to the U.N. in 1983 to prove a Soviet MiG shot down a Korean airliner. [Intelligence expert James BAMFORD- says satellite photos can be interpreted in different ways.] [Stanford University intelligence expert Bruce BERKOWITZ- comments on danger to sources of information.] [EXPERT – says the evidence won’t convince everyone.]