The six-month agreement struck between Iran and Western nations last weekend lays out a detailed plan of inspection for Iran's nuclear facilities. The White House calls it "unprecedented transparency and intrusive monitoring." So how will that work? Melissa Block speaks with Dr. David A. Kay, former U.N. Chief Weapons Inspector, to find out.
Much of the criticism of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran Sunday has focused on the sanctions relief Iran will receive over the next six months if it follows through on restricting its nuclear program. Although the only irreversible relief being offered is a gradual release of $4.2 billion in frozen Iranian revenue, critics warn that the "architecture of the sanctions regime has been undermined." Analysts say all the important sanctions hampering Iran's economy remain in place, but the announcement of the deal itself is having a psychological impact on markets. Asian energy importers will be looking to benefit, as will Turkey and Dubai.
The interim nuclear deal with Iran has quickly drawn criticism. Many Democrats argue the U.S. needs to demand more concessions from Iran. Some Republicans say the deal was done to distract from the problems with the health care law. Both parties are demanding more sanctions be placed on Iran.
The nuclear deal with Iran has quickly drawn criticism from Capitol Hill. Many Democrats argue the U.S. needs to stand firm with Israel and demand more concessions from Iran. Some Republicans say the deal was done to distract from the problems with the health care law. Both parties are demanding more sanctions be placed on Iran.
Secretary of State John Kerry has been diving into difficult issues ever since he took up the office at Foggy Bottom. He's managed tough negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over a future, limited role for U.S. troops there. He's re-launched Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, reached a deal with Russia to rid Syria of chemical weapons and is now making headway with Iran to roll back that country's nuclear program. This is a man clearly looking for legacy.
Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster this week for all presidential appointments other than Supreme Court justices. The so-called "nuclear option" could prompt President Obama to make different picks for his top positions. NPR's Senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins host Scott Simon to talk about the historic vote.
The Obama Administration is moving the start date of next year's sign-ups for health insurance from October to November. That gives insurance companies more time to prepare. But it also conveniently moves potential bad news about premium increases until after the mid-term elections.