In a major address, Hassan Rouhani mocked U.S. military threats. But he also used the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution to say that negotiations with the U.S. and others offers the best path for Iran.
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The anniversary comes at a time when Iran's new president appears to be trying to reduce tensions over the country's nuclear program, and seeking closer ties with the West. Renee Montagne talks to Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, about the celebrations in Iran.
Steve Inskeep talks to former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian on the 35th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. Mousavian was Iran's ambassador to Germany and a nuclear negotiator until Iran charged him with spying. He fled to the U.S. and recently made his first trip back to Iran in five years.
As political sparring has gotten increasingly nasty in Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has found himself caught in the crossfire for his role in the peace talks. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki points to this criticism as a sign that Israeli and Palestinian sides are getting down to the painful details. Neither side wants to be labeled as the one to end negotiations, but outsiders are nevertheless striving to exert diplomatic and financial pressure in order to ensure talks continue. Some say that this pressure alone may get a framework for peace signed.
Melissa Block speaks with Sam Dagher of The Wall Street Journal about the latest developments in the Syrian city of Homs. A temporary humanitarian cease-fire has been extended for three more days since the U.N.-brokered deal took effect Friday. Hundreds of civilians have been evacuated from Homs' Old City, a rebel-held territory that has been under siege by government forces for more than a year.
The jury has begun deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen in exchange for steering city business their way after Hurricane Katrina. NPR's Debbie Elliott was in court on Monday and speaks to host Robert Siegel about the day's developments.
Iraqi officials believe a belt packed with explosives detonated as an instructor was conducting a demonstration. About 20 militants were killed and 15 or so were wounded. It appears that no innocent bystanders were hurt.
Tuesday marks the 35 anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. For more than three decades, relations between the U.S. and Iran have been frozen. But hope for a thaw began to emerge with last summer's election of Hassan Rouhani as president.
Two Syrian delegations — one from the Assad regime and one from the opposition — are in Geneva for peace talks. Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs. They've been able to leave during a ceasefire.
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