The State Department has announced that the United States will resume nuclear talks with North Korea next week for the first time since 2005. The talks are welcomed by Kim Jong-il, who even hinted at the possibility of resuming six-party talks to end his country’s nuclear program. Separate negotiations currently taking place in Bangkok will also touch on the remains of American soldiers still missing in action from the Korean War. Almost 8,000 men are still missing from that conflict, and the remains of nearly 5,500 are thought to be in North Korea.
The Justice Department on Tuesday accused Iran of sponsoring a plot to assassinate a Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder said that an "international conspiracy" lead to the potential payment of $1.5 million to murder the ambassador while on United States soil. Two men connected with the plot, Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, are said to be members of the Quds Force, a division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
The two Americans who have been kept in Iran's notorious Evin prison for the past two years were freed yesterday. Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal, who were arrested by Iranian border guards in 2009 and sentenced to eight years in prison for illegal entry and espionage, were brought to Oman, where they await their return to the United States.
Three American hikers made international headlines in 2009, when they were arrested after illegally crossing the Iranian border. Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shroud were quickly jailed on charges of espionage. Although Shroud was released 8 months later, both Fattal and Bauer have spent nearly two years in prison. In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Today show yesterday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Ann Curry that his country is prepared to release the pair on "humanitarian grounds." However, this morning, the prisoners' release has been complicated. Iran's judiciary said the hikers will not be released immediately.
The events of September 11, 2001 amounted to unfathomable costs, in terms of lives and families forever torn apart, not to mention the physical and emotion after effects that continue to haunt the survivors of 9/11. In addition to that, there was an economic cost to 9/11 — one that is almost equally unfathomable.
On this week's Washington Report, WQXR's Kerry Nolan speaks with chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times David Sanger about the political implications of the job numbers, the Republican candidate debate, and why the president's foreign policy successes are not helping him much at home.
President Obama's jobs speech is already shrouded in partisan controversy, after the president attempted to schedule his talk for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 — the same date as the second debate for GOP presidential candidates. House Speaker John Boehner asked Obama to reschedule, and Obama complied, changing the date for the speech to September 8. Could this be a preview of future party wars over the jobs agenda?
On this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Eddie Robinson to discuss Hurricane Irene's political implications and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech from Friday.
On this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the advance by Libyan rebels into the heart of Tripoli.
On this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, joins Liz White for a look at how the Obama administration is handling the economy and Afghanistan.
NYT's David Sanger weighs in on what Standard and Poor's downgrade of the U.S. credit rating means for global markets and Wall Street.
As Congress arrives at a budget agreement and avoids sending the U.S into default right before the August 2 deadline, we're examining the broader, long-term political and historical impact of the the debt crisis. How will it affect the credibility of the U.S. government? What does it tell us about President Obama, and how will the crisis shape next year's election?