October 29, 2009
Posted: 1736 GMT
It's nice to be back at the I-Desk.
Today, we're kicking the show off with the latest on Iran's response to a proposal by the U.N nuclear watchdog. The IAEA's plan would allow Tehran to enrich low-level uranium in Russia. Neither the IAEA nor Iran have made this response public.
After years of tension, this latest development seems encouraging. Iranian state television aired comments by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying his country welcomes "cooperation on nuclear fuel, power plants and technology, and we are ready to cooperate.”
Who can blame Iran-West watchers for getting a bit excited? The truth is that there are still many ways this could all go wrong: Iran is unlikely to agree to ship all of its uranium to Russia at once, a key French demand. There are also stark internal divisions in Iran, where President Ahmadinejad's response to the U.N have been criticized as conceding to the West. And there are suspicions from the West as well, that Iran is simply buying time while still working on a nuclear weapons program.
We are live in Russia with the latest.
Also today, we will take you live to Pakistan for the latest on the militant violence in Peshawar. In the last few months, insurgents have attacked civilian and military targets with devastating results.
Then, Reza Sayah will tell us about what seems to be an interesting find by the Pakistani military: among items seized in raids in South Waziristan, a passport bearing the name "Said Bahaji," one of the alleged Hamburg Cell members who carried out the 9-11 attacks.
Reza says it is a German passport, with a Pakistani visa stamp dated September 3, 2001 and no other activity on it since.
He will join us live from Islamabad.
We will also take you live to Iraq, for the latest on the investigation into Sunday's deadly bombings in Baghdad and on the deadlock in the passage of a crucial election law. Both the security situation and the political paralysis in Iraq threaten that country's stability. Mohammed Jamjoom has that story.
And a glimmer of hope on the economic front: the American economy actually grew in the third quarter. It's been so long, we'd all forgotten how that feels! We'll check market reaction and discuss why it may be too soon to chill the Champagne.
See you at the Idesk!
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