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A meeting today in Washington will set the state for efforts to get tougher UN sanctions against Iran's enrichment of nuclear fuel. If diplomacy doesn't work, what are the prospects for military action? Could the US live with a nuclear-armed Iran as it did with the Soviet Union? Also, an update on Iraq and, on Reporter's Notebook, wherever he is, Americans know about public messages from Osama bin Laden.  But now a public message to Osama has been released by one of his teachers.  We hear about a powerful reprimand.


US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (R) bids farewell to French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner following their talks at the Pentagon in Washington yesterday. Kouchner is in the US to meet with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York. France has recently been leading a drive within the European Union for tougher sanctions on Iran that it has said could be adopted outside of the UN.
Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Vanessa Romo
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook Bin Laden's Mentor Speaks Out 5 MIN, 59 SEC

Osama bin Laden's latest message from hiding urges Pakistanis to rise up and kill President Pervez Musharraf. But Osama has received an open letter himself--from Salman al-Oadah, one of his Saudi mentors who has publicly rebuked bin Laden spreading a culture of bloodshed and mayhem in the name of Islam. Fawaz Gerges, chair of Middle Eastern Politics at Sarah Lawrence College, has just returned from a sabbatical in the Middle East where he was visiting professor at the American University in Cairo.

Guests:
Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics and Politics

Making News Blackwater Resumes Security Work Despite Iraqi Ban 6 MIN, 2 SEC

The government of Iraq says Blackwater USA guards were "100% guilty" of sparking the incident that killed Iraqi civilians on Sunday. But Condoleezza Rice has begun her own State Department investigation, and has resumed diplomatic convoys outside the Green Zone with Blackwater guards. Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief for McClatchy newspapers, has an update.

Guests:
Leila Fadel, Washington Post (@LeilaFadel)

Main Topic Iran's Nuclear Development and the Prospects for War 36 MIN, 29 SEC

The US wants a new resolution from the UN Security Council to increase sanctions against Iran for its continued enrichment of nuclear fuel. In Washington today, officials from France, the UK, Russia, China and Germany are meeting with Nicholas Burns, a top State Department aide. President Bush has threatened "financial isolation and/or economic sanctions" if diplomacy doesn't work. But he's also said that, "Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere" and, "we will confront this danger before it's too late."  We look at the pros, cons and possibilities of military action—by choice or by accident.

Guests:
Evelyn Leopold, Contributor, Huffington Post
Nile Gardiner, former Advisor to Rudy Giuliani
Steve Clemons, The Atlantic (@SCClemons)
Mansour Farhang, Professor of Political Science at Bennington College
Fouad Ajami, Stanford University

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