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America's New War: Colin Powell Holds Press Conference

Aired September 18, 2001 - 11:36   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm going to take you straight back to Washington D.C., where our cameras are trained on Colin Powell. Let's hear what he has to say.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, do you hope that Japan will play a more active role for this coalition than it did during the Gulf War

COLIN POWELL, U.S. SECY. OF STATE: The Japanese government has been very forthcoming. And we've been appreciative of their words of support. I have been in touch with Foreign Minister Tanaka and received her words of support as well. We have not asked for anything specifically from the Japanese government. But as was the case some years ago in the Gulf War, I'm sure they will want to be supportive consistent with their capability and ability to be supportive.

(CROSSTALK)

QUESTION: Was there any more detail...

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) South Korean President Kim Dae-jung will support the United States. Can you tell us more detail about the content of President Kim Dae-jung's to support to the United States?

HAN SEUNG SOO, FOREIGN MINISTER OF SOUTH KOREA: Well, the main message was that, as I said, Korea will fully cooperate with the United States, and we'll be very pleased to take part in the international coalition, you know, to support to United States in eradicating the acts of terrorism in the future.

ZAHN: And we have to take a short break here. When we come back, we are going to be speaking with the chief Palestinian negotiator in Jericho to get his reaction to the news that Yasser Arafat is, in his words, determined to honor a cease-fire.

We are going to take a short break now. Please stay with us.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

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