NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 06, 2003
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Statement from the government of Iran that it will not give up its nuclear power technology though it has no desire for nuclear weapons noted.
(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The question of whether Iran is on the verge of becoming the world’s next nuclear power examined; details given about Pakistani assistance with Iran’s nuclear program; scenes shown of a ceremony in Tehran to celebrate Iran’s newest missile, which was designed in North Korea; satellite photos shown of nuclear facilities. [Nuclear weapons expert George PERKOVICH- says Iran could have nuclear weapons in 2-4 years.] [Former National Security Council official Dr. Gary SAMORE- says the breakthrough was the access to centrifuge technology from Pakistan.] [Former CIA analyst Ellen LAIPSON- comments on the challenge in locating Iran’s secret programs.]