Israel urges U.S.: go slow on Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United States next week to urge President Obama and the United Nations to judge Iran by its actions and not the overtures of new President Hassan Rowhani.
At meetings in Washington and New York, Netanyahu will stress that since Rowhani’s election Iran has continued to upgrade uranium enrichment and plutonium production facilities, said an official in the prime minister’s office.
Netanyahu has laid out four specific conditions Iran must agree to before the U.S. and Europe lift sanctions: halting all uranium enrichment, removing all enriched material, closing the reactor at Fordo near the city of Qom, and stopping plutonium production.
U.S.: Obama POLICY ratings drop
About half of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama is handling foreign policy, a new high as he confronts a diplomatic opening with Iran and efforts to remove chemical arms in Syria, said the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Forty-nine percent disapproved of Obama’s foreign policy efforts, up 10 points since early June, and 40 percent approved. Obama’s negative rating on foreign policy has grown among Americans of all political stripes, with disapproval up 8 points among Democrats, 10 points among Republicans and 13 points among independents.
Syria: TACTICAL ideas differ
Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, said Syria aimed to negotiate an end to the civil war by talking with a broad range of Syrians, dismissing the main Western-backed exile opposition as having little influence on the ground.
There was a growing sense at the United Nations that the talks could be long in coming and could still fall apart over even basic issues like who will participate.