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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Bush, Blair, Saddam & the U.N. #720756

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 31, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) President Bush's meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† about Iraq featured. [BUSH - says a second U.N. resolution would be welcomed; states it is a matter of weeks, not months, for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.] [BLAIR - says the international community must come together against Saddam.] Statement in the "New York Times" from chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix about the lack of evidence that Iraq is moving materials or scientists out of the country quoted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: Martha Raddatz) Report in the "Washington Times" that Bush has signed off on the use of nuclear weapons against Iraq if it uses chemical & biological weapons against US troops examined. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says we will use the tools at our disposal.] [Non-Proliferation Project director Joseph CIRINCIONE†- says this step is not necessary militarily, politically or diplomatically.] Opposing statement from Senator Edward Kennedy quoted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from International Atomic Energy Agency's Mohamed el-Baradei that he will not accept an invitation to go back to Baghdad at Iraq's request reported.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry;
Raddatz, Martha

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