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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Diplomacy #721379

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 08, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) US efforts to convince the Europeans of the need to deal forcefully with Iraq featured; details given about an alternative plan for dealing with Iraq devised by France & Germany. [In Germany, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - talks about the prospects of war.] [German foreign minister Joschka FISCHER†- says you have to make the case against Iraq.] [At College of William & Mary, U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN††- says when states decide to use force against threats to international security there is no substitute for the legitimacy provided by the U.N.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The first day of crucial talks between Iraq & chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix & IAEA head Mohamed el-Baradei featured; details given about the technical discussions, of what the inspectors want from Iraq & of the ongoing daily weapons inspections; scenes shown of an Iraqi parade in President Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. [BLIX - says we had a long day of useful discussions.] [NBC News analyst David KAY†- says the inspectors want substantial action from Iraq.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Amman: Jim Maceda) Growing anti-American sentiment in the Arab world featured; scenes shown from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, site of the Moslem hajj & of Jordan's King Abdullah meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak; scenes shown of protests in the streets of Amman, Jordan. [Turkish pilgrim Inder SERBES†- comments.] Turkey's announcement that US troops will be based on their soil noted. [Political analyst Labib KAMHAWI†- says Jordan does want to be caught red-handed.] [NBC News military analyst retired Col. Jack JACOBS†- says Saudi Arabia will support us.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Further coverage of the Iraq crisis on "Meet the Press" & on the MSNBC Website noted.

Seigenthaler, John;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Allen, Ron;
Maceda, Jim

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