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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / Deadline / U.N. Debate #723328

CNN Evening News for Friday, Mar 07, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(U.N.: Richard Roth) The setting of a deadline for a war with Iraq featured; details given of the announcement by the US, Britain & Spain that Iraq has until March 17 to give up weapons of mass destruction & from the latest weapons inspections report. [British foreign secretary Jack STRAW - says the U.N. must send Iraq a clear message.] [French foreign minister Dominique de VILLEPIN†- says we don't go to war on a timetable.] [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX - says Iraq should be able to provide more documentary evidence about its weapons program; says completing inspections will take months.] [Secretary of State Colin POWELL - responds.] [IAEA's Mohammed el-BARADEI††- says we have found no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.] [De VILLEPIN {thru translator} asks why should we proceed by force at any price.] [STRAW - responds to de Villepin.] [Iraqi Ambassador to U.N. Mohammed al-DOURI†- says war against Iraq will wreak destruction.] [US ambassador to U.N. John NEGROPONTE - says delegations should be prepared to vote Tuesday onwards.] The timetable for the weekend & next week at the U.N. discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Iraqi TV's reaction to events at the U.N. reviewed.

(U.N.: Andrea Koppel) The British proposal to build consensus at the Security Council & give Prime Minister Tony Blair†† ammunition back home to indicate an effort to avoid war featured. [STRAW - says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein does not need more time to comply.] [Mexican foreign minister Luis Ernesto DERBEZ†, de VILLEPIN - react to the British proposal.] [POWELL - says now is the time for the Council to tell Saddam....] The view of President Bush's administration about whether the Security Council votes can be gotten after this 10-day extension discussed.

Brown, Aaron;
Roth, Richard;
Koppel, Andrea

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