FROM Louis Charbonneau
Low Expectations for Current Round of Iran Nuclear Talks Despite predictions of failure from leaders on both sides, six world powers began talks with Iran today. The goal is a final settlement on Tehran's contested nuclear program. Vienna is the location of the first round of high-level negotiations since an interim deal was reached in November. United Nations Bureau Chief Louis Charbonneau is there for Reuters News Service .
Will a Historic Agreement Be a Historic Mistake? For the first time since the Islamic revolution 34 years ago, the US and Iran have signed an agreement. Six other nations have also agreed that economic sanctions will be suspended for six months in exchange for a temporary freeze on Iran's nuclear program. Congress and America's allies are sharply divided. Although both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the deal, there's trouble with both political parties in the US Senate, from South Carolina Republican Lindsay Graham, who wants to get tougher, to New York Democrat Charles Schumer, one of Israel's most vigorous supporters on Capitol Hill. We hear the arguments from Washington and the Middle East.
UN Weapons Inspectors Present Their Report on Syria For the first time, an internationally recognized team of experts has confirmed the use of chemical weapons. A United Nations team reports " clear and convincing evidence " that rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used against civilians, including children, in Damascus on August 21. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefed the UN Security Council today. Louis Charbonneau is UN Bureau Chief for Reuters .
Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Syrian President Assad at UN At least 17 more deaths were reported today in the suburbs of Damascus as Hillary Clinton prepared to confront Russia in the UN Security Council. The issue is the Arab League plan calling for Bashar al-Assad to step down as President of Syria. Louis Charbonneau reports from the United Nations for Reuters.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?