Now that Iran has refused to stop enriching uranium, the US is building the case for economic sanctions. What would they look like? Are they likely to work? And what’s the evidence that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons? Plus, Syria agrees to try to help stem the flow of weapons over its border with Lebanon, and a look at America’s future in tennis after Andre Agassi retires.
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Syria has said it does not want international peacekeepers near its Lebanese border, but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says President Bashar Assad has agreed to help prevent the flow of weapons to Hezbollah. We get an update on diplomatic negotiations at the UN and rebuilding efforts in Lebanon.
Annia Ciezadlo, Special Correspondent for The New Republic
Yesterday, time ran out for Iran to meet the UN Security Council's deadline to stop enriching uranium. President Ahmadinejad says that will never happen. The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that enrichment did, indeed, begin again in the past few days. President Bush says, "There must be consequences." But what will they be? So what does the United Nations do now? What's the evidence that Iran is using enrichment technology to build a nuclear bomb? Is the case any better than the one against Saddam Hussein? What would economic sanctions look like, and what if diplomacy doesn't work?
Helene Cooper, New York Times (@helenecooper)
Robert Einhorn, Former Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation, State Department
David Kay, former Chief Nuclear Weapons Inspector, IAEA
Abbas Milani, Co-Director, Hoover Institution's Iran Democracy Project
Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics (@PIIE_com)
At 36, Andre Agassi thrilled tennis fans last night with a comeback victory over a 21-year old opponent. But whether he wins or loses his next match, Agassi has declared that his career will end when this year's US Open is over. As one of a long line of athletes who've kept America at the top of the tennis world heads into the sunset, is there anyone to replace him? Does America have a bright future in the world of professional tennis?
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