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October 13, 2009
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The hot topic today in Moscow where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with her Russian counterpart: Iran's nuclear program.

At a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mrs Clinton said Russia had been "extremely co-operative in the work that we have done together" on a common approach to Iran.

There are analysts who've said the United States would have wanted a firm commitment from Russia that they would back sanctions against Iran if it refused to agree to inspections of its nuclear program.

After all, President Barack Obama scrapped a Bush administration missile defense shield program, a key Russian demand. In July, talk from the U.S. was pledging to "restart" relations with Russia.

But others say this is as much as Clinton could have hoped for – or perhaps was aiming for – in this first visit to Russia after talks in Geneva with Iran. There may be disagreements on sanctions, but the outward appearance is one of cooperation and friendliness.

We will go live to our Jill Dougherty, who is traveling with Secretary Clinton.

Also today, we will go live to New York, where Richard Roth is covering the trial of two former Bear Stearns executives. This is day one of a trial that will determine the extent of the responsibility of big financial firms in last year's credit meltdown.

Plus, we will go live to Colombia where Karl Penhaul has put together a series of exclusive reports on Colombia's war against drugs and organized crime.

We will preview one of his reports at the IDesk. Karl's material will be featured throughout our primetime line-up tonight.

At the White House, we'll be monitoring President Obama's meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister. If he makes any comments on troop levels in Afghanistan, we will bring those to you. Suzanne Malveaux is standing bi in Washington.

We are also live on Wall Street, in Islamabad and London.

See you at the Idesk!

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Elham   October 13th, 2009 4:48 pm ET

Do you really believe and trust Russian about Iran´s nuclear program?!!!

Elham   October 13th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

Unfortunately sanction against Iran will never work because of the "BLACK MARKET".

Biruzz   October 14th, 2009 3:54 am ET

The US military is not as as good as it advertises. You always here senators, congressmen and women, the president uttering the words "WE have the best fighting force in the world".

Also have you noticed all the channels that usually run documentaries are always showing modern high tech jets, ships, radar guidance systems, tanks, helicopters and missile shield that the US armed forces has that makes them the strongest force in the world.

The how come they cant beat the afghans who have none of the above mentioned items. Afghans who sit in caves between the ruble and have the COURAGE to beat back american forces. History always repeats itself, does anybody remember Vietnam. I believe the peasants there beat the US until they ran home.

American soldiers from world war 2 were and are true american heroes. Saving millions at the cost of their own live and forsaking their families. I bow my head to those folks the true heroes.

katy   October 15th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Political sanctions might work out and put pressure on dictatorial Islamic government but economics sanctions only put Iranians in trouble and inadequacy which is neither fair-minded nor compassionate.

Iranian in Canada   October 18th, 2009 11:29 pm ET

Sanction on Iran is joke for the the following reason:

1- First of all the evil government of Iran always has friend such as Syria , russia, afghanistan, Pakistan, Venzuala so things would be just done under the table as the expression says. And those countries would get their cut.
2- Sanction against Iran would affect the Iranian people not the government. All Iranian leaders in government have enough money around the world in countries such as Canada , Switzerland , UK and Indonesia and ...... so it will hurt the people not the government
US should look closely to how Canada is a safe heaven for the money of evil Iranian leaders.

3- Do you honestly think that Iranian government cares about its people. Haven't you seen what they have been doing to their own people in the past five month?

More sactions on Iran is joke and it is like slap in a wrist of a brutal murder for the crimes committed. It will not have any effect on the government and their employess such as Basijj since they get payed no matter what to terrorize and kill Iranian people.

By placing more sanction on Iran you will be punishing people who are already being killed, tortured by a theocratic dictators.

And please do you actually trust Russia on this matter. YOu can't be that naive

William Boswell   October 24th, 2009 2:31 am ET

You gals are doing a wonderful job keeping the facts straight.

Those old timers of us really apprieciate it..!!!

Bill Boswell clasof '44

uchechukwu   October 29th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

Sactions are not the best for the Iranian (Persian) nation Because it only affect and suffers the poor masses more deeply, but war against the dictorial Islamic government, because it will affect them more seriously and their devilish nuclear ambition.

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