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In his 2008 run for president, then-Senator Barack Obama promised that he would reach out to anyone who wanted to engage, including America's foes - and today, he's got a nuclear deal with Iran and a handshake with Cuba. Is Pres. Obama shifting his foreign policy to a reliance on diplomacy and discussion? CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers tells Wolf Blitzer that Congress was not told about secret talks with Iran that set the stage for the deal over Iran's nuclear program - and that the deal does not get enough concessions from Iran in return for an easing of sanctions that takes the pressure off the Iranian economy.
As negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany continue, the President's National Security Adviser Susan Rice tells Wolf Blitzer that the deal on the table is "a good one." Specifically, she says, it will roll back the Iranian nuclear program in key respects over a six-month period while increasing the transparency surrounding the program so that the Iranians "can't sneak out or break out." And while some question easing sanctions on Tehran, Rice says the "sanctions architecture" will remain in place so that the relief will be "limited, modest, temporary, and reversible" - less than $10 billion in total.
As news spread that Pres. Obama had called Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani, Reza Sayah reports live from Tehran with reaction from the Iranian people.
It was a 15-minute phone call 34 years in the making: Pres. Obama called Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani, marking the first conversation between the two country's leaders since the Islamic revolution seized power in Iran in 1979. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports on the details of the call and what issues the two countries may solve diplomatically.
It has been a historic week at the United Nations General Assembly that ended in a significant first step today: A meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. It is the highest level meeting between the two countries since the Iranian revolution in 1979. Many people are hopeful that it could spur some movement towards a diplomatic solution on the issue of Iranian nuclear power. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
He was elected only months ago, but he is already starting to change the face of Iran on the world stage. Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator and national security adviser, is Iran's new president, and he made his big debut at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday by asking the world to say, "yes to peace and no to war."
Who is this man, and can the U.S. really trust his charm offensive? CNN's Barbara Starr reports.
Be sure to catch Christiane Amanpour's interview with Pres. Hassan Rouhani on AC360, tonight 8 pm ET.
CNN has been following the story of Amir Hekmati for years: An Iranian American and former Marine arrested, charged with espionage, and sentenced to death by the Iranian government while visiting his grandmother and other relatives.
Although he was granted a retrial, no one had heard from Hekmati–until now. In a letter he sneaked out of prison and to the State Department, he says that his confession was made under duress. CNN's Brian Todd reports on the details Hekmati reveals in his letter and what chances he has of being released.
Officials are investigating a 'barrage' of cyber attacks on U.S. utilities by Iran-linked hackers.
There is concern in the international community that Iran and North Korea are cooperating on nuclear development. CNN's Jill Dougherty reports.
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