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Obama at the UN: Conflict or Compromise?

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President Obama addressed the UN General Assembly today, promising the US will stay engaged in the Middle East for the rest of his term.  He said there must be "consequences" if Syria fails to give up its chemical weapons. With regard to Iran and its new President, Hassan Rouhani, he said, "diplomacy must be tested," and that agreement on Iran's nuclear program could produce a new and different relationship. He said the two countries have been isolated from each other since the Islamic revolution, and that the mistrust has deep roots, but allowed that there could be an opening. How does that sound to Israel? We hear conflicting reactions.

 

Credits

Guests:
Scott Wilson - Washington Post - @PostScottWilson, Jodi Rudoren - New York Times - @Rudoren, Robin Wright - joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and contributing writer for the New Yorker - @wrightr, Fouad Ajami - Stanford University

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Evan George, Kerry Cavanaugh, Christian Bordal