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Iraq-US Relations / Bush-Blair Meeting / Saddam’s Oil / Kuwait #720813

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 31, 2003
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(Studio: Brian Williams) A meeting at the White House between President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss Iraq reported.

(White House: David Gregory) A strategic rift between the US & Britain over a second U.N. resolution authorizing force against Iraq examined. [BLAIR – says the international community must come together.] [BUSH – says 1441 gives us authority to move without a second resolution.] [“London Times” political columnist Anthony HOWARD†- says it will be bad news for the prime minister if it looks as if the president has disregarded the U.N. route.] The U.N. weapons inspectors’ demand that Iraq meet two conditions noted. [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says Iraq must show proof they are disarming.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) Accusations that Bush’s real motive for toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is to control his oil featured; details given about the possibility that Saddam may blow up his oil fields if attacked; scenes shown of anti-war demonstrations. [Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ – says oil is behind the US aggression.] [Former South African President Nelson MANDELA – says all Bush wants is Iraqi oil.] [NBC News analyst Daniel YERGIN†- says the oil element has to do with security in the Persian Gulf.] [Exiled Iraqi businessman Rubar SANDI††- says it is extremely important that the oil fields be secured.] [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER†- says the oil fields would be held in trust for the Iraqi people.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) The State Department’s appeal to Americans in Kuwait to get out reported.

(Kuwait City: Don Teague) The threat to American civilians living in Kuwait featured. [American expatriates Susan LEE†, Toby SWITZER‡- comment on being cautious.] [US Army Maj. Roger SHUCK†- talks about security for soldiers on a day off.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Teague, Don

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