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Iraq-US Relations / Powell’s Speech / Al Qaeda / Butler Interview / Reaction #721087

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 05, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Andrea Mitchell) Secretary of State Colin Powell’s presentation to the U.N. of his evidence that Iraq is concealing weapons of mass destruction reviewed; excerpt from Iraqi communications intercept transcribed on screen; video shown of an Iraqi fighter jet testing a biological sprayer; satellite photos shown. [POWELL – interprets the communications and photos; says the U.N. is in danger of irrelevance if it doesn’t respond to the threat from Iraq.] [French Foreign Minister Dominique de VILLEPIN†- says there is room for enhancing the weapons inspections regime.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – says war is not inevitable.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) Powell’s presentation of material that the administration claims proves a connection between Iraq & Al Qaeda examined; details given about specific claims, including a possible terrorist training camp established by Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi†† and a request to Iraq from Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden for help in developing biological weapons such as ricin; satellite photos shown. [POWELL – says Iraq’s denials are not credible.] [British Foreign Minister Jack STRAW – says it defies imagination that this could go on without the knowledge of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Live interview held with former chief U.N. weapons inspector Richard Butler about his view of Powell’s presentation. [In Sydney, Australia, BUTLER – says Powell’s case was devastating; states Iraq has made no decision to get rid of its weapons or to cooperate with inspectors; says the Security Council must address the threat.]

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The reaction in Iraq to Powell’s presentation featured. [Iraqi presidential advisor Lt. Gen. Amir al-SAADI†- says this was a typical American show; says the allegations are untrue.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: Campbell Brown) The view that U.N. backing is necessary before attacking Iraq explored; details given about the administration’s campaign to pursue a second U.N. resolution that authorizes military action. [Senators John WARNER, Dianne FEINSTEIN†, Joseph BIDEN†- react to Powell’s presentation.] [Senators Chuck HAGEL†, Edward KENNEDY†- talk about what will happen after the war.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) More information on Iraq Watch on MSNBC noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Allen, Ron;
Brown, Campbell

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