News / USA

Washington Week: Focus on Iran Nukes, US Veterans

Washington Week: Focus on Iran Nukes, US Veteransi
X
November 10, 2013 9:38 PM
The coming days likely will bring extensive commentary from Capitol Hill on the latest round of international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, U.S. lawmakers are expected to weigh in on the need for continued sanctions against Iran, and the conditions Tehran would have to meet for those sanctions to be weakened or lifted.

Washington Week: Focus on Iran Nukes, US Veterans

Michael Bowman
— The coming days likely will bring extensive commentary from Capitol Hill on the latest round of international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.  U.S. lawmakers are expected to weigh in on the need for continued sanctions against Iran, and the conditions Tehran would have to meet for those sanctions to be weakened or lifted.

The failure of talks in Geneva to yield an accord is not likely to be a focal point of discussion on Capitol Hill.  Rather, it is the fact that, until the very end, those talks seemed to be generating some glimmers of hope for an eventual negotiated settlement over Iran’s long-disputed nuclear program. U.S. lawmakers of both political parties have voted repeatedly to tighten sanctions against Tehran, and show little appetite to reverse course.

Just a few weeks ago, Republican Senator Marco Rubio had this to say about Iran’s negotiating posture.

“This plan they have is clear as day," he said. "They are trying to figure out if they can get these sanctions suspended or lifted without giving up too much.  And then at some point in the future, when the world has moved on, when we are focused on other things, they can make their move to build their bomb.  Sanctions on Iran should not be lifted or suspended until they agree to completely abandon any capability for enrichment or reprocessing (of nuclear material).”

Democratic Senator Chris Coons made similar comments earlier this year.

“While diplomacy is the preferred outcome, I am distressed by what seem to be endless cycles of negotiations," Coons said. "And so, in my view, we need to be unrelenting in imposing tougher and tougher sanctions, and in being willing to use force in order to prevent the acquisition of a nuclear weapons capability by Iran.”

Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “no deal is better than a bad deal” with Tehran.  Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said international sanctions will fail and Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

On domestic matters, U.S. lawmakers will continue work on a bipartisan budget deal.  Without an agreement, the United States risks another partial government shutdown in January.

Also this week, the United States honors its military veterans.  President Obama will mark the Veteran's Day holiday Monday with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

You May Like

At International AIDS Conference One Goal, Many Paths

The 12,000 delegates attending 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne have vastly different visions about how to eradicate disease More

Disasters May Doom Malaysia’s Flag Carrier

Even before loss of two jets loaded with passengers on international flights, company had been operating in red for three years, accumulating deficit of $1.3 billion More

Afghan Presidential Vote Audit Continues Despite Glitches

Process has been marred by walkouts by representatives of two competing candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Agei
X
Elizabeth Lee
July 20, 2014 2:36 AM
Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.
Video

Video Diplomatic Crisis Grows Over MH17 Plane Crash

The Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine is drawing reaction from leaders around the world. With suspicions growing that a surface-to-air missile shot down the aircraft, there are increasing tensions in the international community over who is to blame. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.
Video

Video Scientists Create Blackest Material Ever

Of all the black things in the universe only the infamous "black holes" are so black that not even a tiny amount of light can bounce back. But scientists have managed to create material almost as black, and it has enormous potential use. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Fog Collector Transforming Maasai Water Harvesting in Kenya

The Maasai people of Kenya are known for their cattle-herding, nomadic lifestyle. But it's an existence that depends on access to adequate water for their herds and flocks. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA, on a "fog collector."

AppleAndroid