Some historical context for the troubled relationship between the United States and Iran.
The U.N. General Assembly established September 26th as the "International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons." At that UN meeting, Iran's deputy foreign minister said working toward the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons is a "legal, political and moral responsibility." But the Iranian leader said the United States' desire to be at the "top of the pack" is fueling a new nuclear arms race.
President Trump says he has decided what to do about the Iran nuclear deal, and will announce his decision soon. During the campaign, President Trump promised to tear up the nuclear deal with Iran. Former NPR host Neal Conan explores the history, and the consequences.
Part of Neal Conan's "Truth, Politics and Power" series.
Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council. He teaches at Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is the author of a behind-the-scenes account of the Iran nuclear deal titled, "Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy."
Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Gary Sick, senior research scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute, and adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. He is the author of "All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran" and "October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan."