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Iraq-US Relations / Deadline / U.N. Report / Psychological Warfare #723259

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 07, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(U.N.: Andrea Mitchell) The debate in the U.N. over war with Iraq featured; details given of the ultimatum from the US, Britain & Spain for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm within ten days or face military action. [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX – says lethal weapons are being destroyed.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL – says we don’t know how many missiles there are.] [British Foreign Secretary Jack STRAW†- says the truth takes only seconds to tell.] [French Foreign Minister Dominique de VILLEPIN††, Russian Foreign Minister Igor IVANOV†, Chinese Foreign Minister TANG Jiaxuan† {thru translators} – argue against a resolution authorizing force.] [Guinean ambassador to the U.N. Francois FALL† {thru translator} – says there is no pressure or offers from the US.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) Iraqi reaction to Blix’s report to the U.N. and to the ultimatum for disarmament featured; details given about preparations for war in Baghdad. [At café, IRAQI – says America is a terrorist country.] [Iraqi Parliament member Mohammed ADHAMI†- says America wants to exaggerate a small issue to help in their goal of going to war.] [At the U.N., Iraqi ambassador to the U.N. Mohammed al-DOURI† {thru translator} – says the Council should not let a new crime be committed in its name.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The psychological warfare being waged on Saddam and his military featured; details given of US attempts to convince Iraqi troops to give up; scenes shown of US troops training during a sandstorm in Kuwait and of Turkish troops crossing into Iraq to defend against Iraqi Kurds. [US Army Maj. Gen. Chuck SWANNACK†- comments on US troops’ preparedness.] [On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says Iraqi troops may decide it doesn’t make sense to fight for a regime that won’t be there.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The latest developments in the Iraq Watch reviewed; scenes shown from an anti-war protest in India and of the departure of the two Iraqi diplomats who were expelled from their post in New York.

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

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