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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / Blair #722159

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 20, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The day's developments in weapons inspections in Iraq updated.

(Baghdad: Dan Harris) The U.N. request that Iraq destroy its Al Samoud missiles as part of cooperation with inspections examined; details given about recent rhetoric from President Saddam Hussein. [February 13, Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ†- says there are no serious violations.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The US suggestion that weapons inspectors are irrelevant & the administration's deadline to Turkey about whether bases can be used reported.

(London: Jim Sciutto) The story of beleaguered British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† & his justification for war against Iraq featured; details given of criticism from the Anglican & Catholic churches & from his own party for his support for President Bush. [Deputy bishop of London Rev. Michael MARSHALL†- says mass destruction could come about in a war.] [BLAIR - criticizes Saddam.] [Labor member of Parliament Glenda JACKSON†- says Blair has forgotten he is the servant of the people.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Further coverage of Blair's travails on "Nightline" noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Harris, Dan;
Sciutto, Jim

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