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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / U.N. Weapons Inspections / European Strategy / Butler Interview #722661

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 09, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The second day of intense talks between Iraq & chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix & IAEA head Mohamed el-Baradei featured; details given of the specific areas of cooperation. [BLIX, el-BARADEI - says the weapons inspectors are making progress & can be an alternative to war.] [Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq AZIZ†- responds.] [BLIX - says if Iraq cooperates on substance, we can finish within a year's time.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Further coverage on "Today" noted.

(Moscow: Dana Lewis) The unyielding opposition in Europe to the US war plans examined; details given of the positions of Russian President Vladimir Putin† & German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder†† & of the France-Germany plan as an alternative to war. [British journalist Simon HOGGART†- says Germany will have made an enemy of the US.] [Russian political analyst Alexei PUSHKOV†- says Putin does not want to play first violin with those against the war.] Pope John Paul II's appeal for world prayer to avoid war noted.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) President Bush's pressure on Iraq & on the U.N. noted.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) The views in the US on a war with Iraq reviewed. [BUSH - says we will disarm President Saddam Hussein.] [On "Meet the Press," Secretary of State Colin POWELL - says it is time for serious consequences.] White House press secretary Ari Fleischer† quoted. [Senator Carl LEVIN - says the U.N. Security Council cannot be seen as a stumbling block.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Live interview held with former UN weapons inspector Richard Butler about Iraq. [From Sydney, BUTLER - says what Iraq is doing will not be enough for the US; says Blix will argue for more time at the Security Council & a great debate will begin making it harder for the US push for force.]

Reporter(s):
Seigenthaler, John;
Allen, Ron;
Lewis, Dana;
Jordan, Rosiland
Duration:
00:09:20

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