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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Weapons Inspections / Military Maneuvers #722033

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003
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(Kuwait City: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The diplomatic struggle within the U.N. between the US and others on the Security Council examined; details given about setbacks to the US push for war with Iraq, including Turkey’s demand for more money for the use of its military bases and the staunch opposition to war from France; scenes shown of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan with the pope. [ANNAN†- says war is not inevitable.] [President BUSH – comments on last weekend’s worldwide anti-war protests.] [South African ambassador to the U.N. Dumisani KUMALO†- says Iraq is showing signs of cooperating.] [Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah GUL†- comments on the payment from the US.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – comments on France’s actions.]

(Kuwait City: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) A discouraging day for the U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq featured; details given about frustrated efforts to interview Iraqi scientists; scenes shown of Iraq’s Al Samoud missiles. [U.N. spokesman Hiro UEKI†- says we hope Iraqi personnel will be more cooperative.] [Rasheed General Company Saad Ahmed MAHMOOD† {thru translator} – says private interviews are imposed by the US.]

(Kuwait City: Tom Brokaw) A visit to Camp New York in the Kuwaiti desert presented; details given about the new US Patriot missiles. [US Army Gen. Buford BLOUNT†- says the anti-war demonstrations haven’t bothered the troops.] [US Army Capt. James McCOY†- says the new Patriot system will kill Iraq’s Scud missiles.] [US Army, 5th Corps, Brig. Gen. Dan HAHN†- says the soldiers will stay focused despite the waiting.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Allen, Ron

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