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North Korea / Missile Test #836557

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 05, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The missiles tested by North Korea, including the long-range Taepodong-2, outlined; animation shown.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The showdown with North Korea over its missiles featured; scenes shown of an anti-US protest in Pyongyang; animation shown of the Taepodong-2’s failure. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says he received notification of the launch within a minute.] [Nuclear weapons expert Joseph CIRINCIONE†- says North Korea has a long way to go before they threaten the US with a ballistic missile.] [Defense policy expert John PIKE†- predicts leader Kim Jong Il will try to keep the crisis going.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: Kelly O’Donnell) The White House reaction featured; details given about the emergency U.N. meeting. [President BUSH – says there needs to be more than one nation speaking to North Korea.] [Japanese ambassador to the U.N. Kenzo OSHIMA†- calls for U.N. action.] [Secretary of State Condoleezza RICE – says the region has to tell North Korea to change its behavior.]

(Studio: Brian Williams; Aspen, Colorado: Andrea Mitchell) Possible motives for North Korea’s action and the recourse for the US discussed; details given of the view that Kim Jong Il wants attention similar to what Iran is being offered and of pressure on China to be tougher.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Seoul: Tom Aspell) The reaction from North Korea’s Asian neighbors, including South Korea, Japan & China, featured; scenes shown of angry protests in Seoul; details given of South Koreans’ belief they are protected by the US.

(Studio: Brian Williams) The views of Albright Group Ambassador Wendy Sherman†† on Kim Jong Il. [SHERMAN – says he is very smart; talks about his interests in film and basketball player Michael Jordan; states he will do whatever he needs to stay in power.]

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Aspell, Tom

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