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Pursuing a less ambitious interim nuclear deal. Launching covert operations to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. Ordering military strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities or supporting Israeli military action. When Iran was abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration, the breakout time was estimated at a year. Iran also has called for all U.S. sanctions to be lifted, including those not related to the nuclear program.
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“The vast majority of that work is for the private sector, including with U.S. and other multinational companies. The company declined to discuss its work with specific Chinese clients, including those that appear on U.S. government blacklists. The McKinsey wayFounded in 1926, McKinsey has built up a vast consulting business with 36,000 employees and dozens of offices around the globe, advising governments and top corporations. It remains unclear if McKinsey has disclosed any potential conflicts of interest due to its work with Chinese firms, including in its contracts for the Defense Department. Rubio told NBC News the federal government should stop hiring McKinsey for consulting work.
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WASHINGTON — Iran likely did not sanction a recent drone attack on the Iraqi prime minister though it was almost certainly carried out by Shiite militia forces that Tehran has armed and supported, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. But in this case, it appeared the assassination attempt was not sanctioned by Iran, according to current and former officials. "I think the tension is as much among the leadership of Iraqi Shia militia leaders as it is between the militias and Tehran," Silliman said. "The attack also showed that Iraqi and Western intelligence remains insufficient on Iran's proxies in Iraq," Roule said. While the attack on the Iraqi prime minister did not necessarily serve Iran's strategic goals, Tehran shared some responsibility for the attack given its long-established support for the militias, Roule said.
Persons: Qassem Soleimani, Soleimani, Mustafa al, Kadhimi, Frank McKenzie, Douglas Silliman, Iraq's, Silliman, Esmaeil Qaani, Abu Mahdi al, Qaani, Muhandis, missteps, Michael Knights, Norm Roule, Roule, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: NBC News, U.S, U.S . Central Command, Gulf States Institute, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force, Brig, Popular Mobilization Forces, Silliman, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Knights, CIA, White House National Security, Kadhimi Locations: WASHINGTON, Iran, Tehran, Iraq, U.S, Iranian, Kadhimi, Baghdad, Washington, Gen
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday named a new diplomat to lead a task force overseeing the response to the “Havana Syndrome” after the previous chief came under sharp criticism and resigned. State DepartmentJonathan Moore, a career diplomat who served in Namibia, Belarus, and Bosnia, will serve as the head of the Health Incident Response Task Force, Blinken said. Spratlen was brought out of retirement in March to head up the task force. The State Department praised Spratlen’s service when it announced she was departing the post. Lawmakers from both parties have urged the State Department to devote more high-level attention to the issue and had questioned why a new task force chief was not named earlier.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken, , ” Jonathan Moore, ” Jonathan Moore . State Department Jonathan Moore, Margaret Uyehara, Pamela Spratlen, Spratlen, Biden, ” Blinken, Eric Rubin, Blinken “, ” Rubin, Organizations: U.S ., State Department, ” Jonathan Moore . State Department, Force, American Foreign Service Association, Foreign Locations: Havana, U.S, Namibia, Belarus, Bosnia, Cuba
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is encouraging the sale of more than $500 million worth of armed drones to Qatar, even as the State Department has slow-rolled the Qatari government's request, say three U.S. officials and a congressional aide familiar with the discussions. The Pentagon sees Qatar as a reliable partner that has proven itself responsible with advanced weapons like armed drones, said an official familiar with the discussions. A defense official confirmed that the Pentagon would not object to the sale but said it is not aggressively advocating for it. The UAE was also authorized to buy armed drones last year under the Abraham Accords, which began normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel. Two NATO allies, Belgium and the Netherlands, also have initial approval from the U.S. government to buy drones.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Joe Biden, Abraham Organizations: The Defense Department, State Department, Qatar, Pentagon, United, United Arab Emirates, Department, U.S, Al Udeid, Al Udeid Air Base, Global Coalition, ISIS, Muslim Brotherhood, Al, United Arab, Qatari, Israel, Abraham Accords, UAE, NATO Locations: Qatar, Afghanistan, Washington, Saudi Arabia, United Arab, U.S, Al Udeid Air, Central, East, Al Jazeera, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, UAE, Israel, The U.S, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Taiwan, Belgium, Netherlands
But as president, Biden’s China stances have, more often than not, echoed his predecessor’s — surprising even some China hawks. “You hear people saying, ‘Biden wants to start a new cold war with China,’” Biden said Thursday in a televised town hall. A senior Biden administration official said that what’s often perceived as Biden continuing the Trump policy is merely the U.S. standing up for its interests and holding China to account. Yet the Biden administration has insisted China would ultimately be forced to compartmentalize. “We feel like we're in a much, much stronger position now than we were when we took office to take on the challenge,” a senior Biden official told NBC News.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, Xi Jinping, Obama, Michael Green, George W, He's, , Anja Manuel, Trump, ‘ Biden, ’ ” Biden, Kurt Campbell, “ There’s, Bonnie Glaser, Washington’s, what’s, China wasn’t, ” Biden, Asia —, David Dollar, Biden’s, Kelly Sims Gallagher, , Xi Organizations: WASHINGTON, Biden, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Democrats, State Department, Aspen Strategy, White, Asia, German Marshall Fund of, Beijing, U.S, Brookings Institution, Treasury Department, U.S ., Tufts University, NBC News Locations: China, Rome, Glasgow, Beijing, Asia, Washington, United States, U.S, America, Australia, Alaska, compartmentalize, Europe
The Biden administration released the reports as world leaders plan to meet in Glasgow next month for crucial talks aimed at combating climate change. A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on climate, the first of its kind, warned climate change would fuel global tensions and named 11 countries that are especially at risk from climate change if current trends continue: Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Iraq. U.S. National Intelligence Estimates reflect a consensus of all the country's intelligence agencies. "Climate change related migration could cause greater instability among U.S. allies/partners and thereby cause a relative strengthening in adversary states," said the White House report on the impact of climate change on migration. "In addition, adversaries could incite or aid irregular migration to destabilize U.S. allies/partners," the White House report said.
Persons: Biden, NIE Organizations: White, Defense Department, Intelligence, National Intelligence, . National Intelligence, Pentagon Locations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Glasgow, Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Iraq, Central Africa, United States, Russia, China, Europe, Moscow
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
WASHINGTON — Twenty years ago, White House officials were worried about China and tensions were rising. The move, and the rhetoric surrounding the fight against terrorism, gave China a justification to crack down on Muslims in China, experts said. But a faltering war effort in Afghanistan and turmoil in the Middle East kept drawing Washington's attention away from China. But they say America remains a center of innovation and still has the means at its disposal to compete with China and win. In private conversations with his Chinese counterparts, Lewis said he has told them not to write off the United States just yet.
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Cuba is disappointed President Joe Biden has kept in place economic sanctions on Havana imposed by his predecessor, but the government remains ready to reopen a dialogue with the United States, Cuba's foreign minister said in an interview. Speaking to NBC News' Andrea Mitchell in New York, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said it was a mistake to continue enforcing sanctions introduced by former President Donald Trump's administration, particularly amid a pandemic. "It's a terrible mistake to continue implementing this kind of cruel sanctions, even sanctions during a pandemic." The Trump administration also slashed staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, effectively shutting down consular services. The foreign minister played down unprecedented protests in July that saw Cubans take to the streets across the country to air grievances over food shortages, power outages and the regime's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Joe Biden, Andrea Mitchell, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Donald Trump's, Biden couldn't, Rodriguez, Biden, Barack Obama, Trump, Rodríguez Organizations: NBC, MSNBC, U.S, Embassy, Cuban Embassy Locations: Cuba, Havana, United States, New York, Caribbean, Washington, Florida
McKenzie explained the U.S. would finish its withdrawal as soon as possible and the Taliban must not interfere, three senior defense officials told NBC News. The next day, Taliban fighters rolled into Kabul, and no U.S. warplanes bombed the insurgents, the three senior defense officials said. "They thought an evacuation would destabilize [President Ashraf Ghani's] government, but it was already unstable," one of the senior defense officials said. The Afghan military needed the contractors to keep its air force flying. At White House National Security Council meetings in March, Austin recommended increasing the troop presence to about 3,000 to 4,000 from roughly 2,500, the senior defense officials said.
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Iran remains ready to return to nuclear talks “very soon” but the Biden administration has sent a “negative sign" by failing to lift economic sanctions and imposing new sanctions against Tehran, Iran’s new foreign minister told NBC News. Then Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at a news conference, on Jan. 28, 2016. If the United States was serious about pursuing negotiations, then why was it “piling up“ actions, the foreign minister asked. Before Raisi’s election in June, U.S. and Iranian negotiators appeared close to clinching a deal after six rounds of talks. Asked about Americans imprisoned in Iran, he said Iran was open to an exchange of American and Iranian prisoners held in each country.
Persons: Biden, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Andrea Mitchell, Joe Biden, ” Amirabdollahian, Amirabdollahian, Ebrahim Raisi, Raisi, Hossein Amir, Abdollahian, Alexander Natruskin, Donald Trump, Trump, , Qasem Organizations: NBC News, NBC, Sputnik, U.K, French Locations: Iran, Tehran, Washington, Iranian, United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, Israel, U.S
A top Republican lawmaker is demanding the Biden administration share with Congress recent intelligence reports and diplomatic cables on Afghanistan in the run-up to the withdrawal of U.S. troops last month, including estimates on the likelihood of a Taliban takeover of the country. A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it is reviewing the letter and declined further comment. Lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees had received periodic intelligence briefings on the situation in Afghanistan. But McCaul is asking for a more comprehensive look at intelligence information before the withdrawal, and for declassifying much of that information for public release. ET): A previous version of this article misidentified the American troops killed in the Kabul airport bombing.
Persons: Biden, Michael McCaul of, Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, National Intelligence Avril Haines, McCaul, Organizations: Republican, , House Foreign Affairs, NBC News, National Intelligence, Biden, White House, Defense Department, State Department, White, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, Bagram Air Base, Islamic State Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Michael McCaul of Texas, Kabul, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Bagram
Khatibzadeh spoke as Iran's new foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, was in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly, where he was expected to discuss reviving the nuclear deal with other governments. Iran has refused to meet with U.S. negotiators in the nuclear talks; Washington and Tehran must pass messages through European intermediaries, instead. All parties must stay true to the nuclear deal," Raisi said in a recorded speech by video. The monitoring regime was introduced as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. will discuss how to proceed with Iran in talks with European allies and other world powers in New York on Wednesday.
Persons: Saeed Khatibzadeh, IRNA, Khatibzadeh, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Ebrahim Raisi, Trump, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, We're, Biden, Raisi, Antony Blinken Organizations: Foreign Ministry, General Assembly, European Union, Iranian, U.S, Biden, U.S ., U.K, General, ., Capitol, Trump, International Atomic Energy Agency, . Security Locations: WASHINGTON, Iran, Vienna, Tehran, Iranian, New York, France, Germany, U.S, Washington, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Australia
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFrance angry after U.S. strikes deal with Australia for nuclear subsNBC's Global Affairs Correspondent Dan de Luce reports on the new nuclear-powered submarine deal between the U.S., U.K. and Australia. France is not happy about the deal.
Persons: Dan de Luce Organizations: France, Global Affairs, U.S Locations: Australia, France
The Afghan journalists were not immediately available for comment. The Ukrainian government flew a number of Afghan journalists with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on a military flight out of Kabul, Fly said. A spokesperson for the USAGM said efforts continued to help the Afghan journalists. "The US has a responsibility to help get these journalists out of Afghanistan and protect independent media remaining in the country. This is the best way for the Biden administration to express its support for press freedom," Simon told NBC News.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Ned Price, Price, Jamie Fly, USAGM, expeditiously, Fly, Kelu Chao, Joe Biden, Chelo, Joel Simon, Simon Organizations: Voice of, U.S, State, of America, Radio Free, Radio Liberty, U.S ., RFE, U.S . Agency for Global Media, ISIS, NBC News, Ukrainian, Department of State, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street, United, Protect Journalists Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, Radio Free Europe, Czech, Spain, United States
As of May, about 18,000 to 20,000 Afghans who worked with U.S. troops and diplomats had applied for SIVs, according to government figures. When their family members are included, the pool of Afghans in the SIV program was at least 70,000 and probably higher, according to refugee advocacy groups. It’s unclear whether all of those evacuees were in the SIV program. That group, including families, could number another 145,000 Afghans, according to the AWA's estimates. A State Department spokesperson said the Biden administration could not provide "precise statistics about processing at this time … because our focus has been on executing one of the biggest airlifts in history."
Persons: Biden, Kenneth McKenzie, Chris Purdy, Adam Bates, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, ., U.S, Pentagon, U.S . Central Command, Association of Wartime Allies, U.S ., AWA, Defense Department, State Department, American University, White, Human, International Refugee Assistance, The State Department, Afghan, Immigrants, Taliban, NATO Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Afghan, U.S, United States
WASHINGTON — A satellite image obtained by NBC News shows water flowing out of a North Korean reactor, the latest sign the regime has resumed work that could enable it to build more nuclear weapons. The fact that it's running means they're going to add to their nuclear weapons stockpile," Lewis said. "They are making nuclear weapons and they don't care that we can see it." On Sunday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said there were indications North Korea had renewed activity at the Yongbyon reactor. The Yongbyon reactor appeared to have been inactive from December 2018 until the beginning of July 2021, according to the IAEA.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Jeffrey Lewis, Lewis, Donald Trump ,, Kim Jong, Biden Organizations: NBC News, Korean, Planet Labs, Center, Nonproliferation Studies, East Asia Nonproliferation, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Street Journal, U.S, Donald Trump , North, Yongbyon Locations: Monterey, Korea, North Korea, Pyongyang, Vietnam
Kabul’s airport has been the epicenter for evacuations, but with commercial flights now stopped, sights have shifted to Afghanistan's land borders. But the odds of Afghans reaching one of those borders without Taliban interference, being allowed to cross into a neighboring country and then being resettled in the U.S. are daunting. There were indications that more Afghans were crossing the Afghan borders with Iran and with Pakistan, but it was unclear if they were seeking asylum, he said. Iran and Pakistan have historically taken in millions Afghan refugees over four decades, according to the United Nations, many of whom are still living in those countries. Afghanistan also shares a small and remote stretch of border with China, but China was not part of the meeting.
Persons: , Becca Heller, Chris Purdy, Chris Boian, Boian, Bilal Askaryar, ” Askaryar, Biden, Filippo Grandi Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States, NBC News, International Refugee Assistance, Veterans, American, Human, Refugees, UNHCR, U.S ., United Nations, . Security Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul’s, U.S, Pakistan, Afghanistan’s, Iran, United States, , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China
A year and a half since U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad brokered a “peace agreement” between the United States and Taliban leaders, there is no peace in Afghanistan. “For Taliban military commanders in the field, they sense victory and they’re going for it,” said Andrew Wilder, vice president of Asia programs at the U.S. Institute for Peace, a think tank. That's where the leverage comes in.”U.S. special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2018. Khalilzad developed a rapport with his Taliban counterparts, but the Afghan government in Kabul was skeptical of the talks. The withdrawal, Khalilzad said frequently, would be “conditions based.”He said the deal was not a withdrawal agreement but “a peace agreement that enables withdrawal."
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, Khalilzad, , Andrew Wilder, , Laurel Miller, ” Khalilzad, Wang Yi, Gulabuddin Amiri, , , Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Trump, Joe Biden, Ashraf Ghani’s, ” Wilder, Washington, Barack Obama’s, Miller, Biden Organizations: Pentagon, U.S . Embassy, U.S . Institute for Peace, Group, Khalilzad, Aspen Security, U.S, Reuters, House Foreign Affairs, Taliban, NBC News, Washington, United Nations —, Trump White House, Afghan, Former U.S, State Department, U.S ., Biden, ICG Locations: United States, Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Russia, China, Doha, Qatar, Herat, Kandahar, In Washington, Asia, Washington, , Iran, Afghan, Ghazni, Al Qaeda
The Biden administration said Thursday it will scale back the number of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan as Taliban forces rapidly advance across the country. “We are further reducing our civilian footprint in Kabul in light of the evolving security situation,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, citing the Taliban’s military offensive and rising violence. The Defense Department will temporarily deploy additional U.S. forces to Kabul airport to provide security as the embassy staff depart in coming days, Price said, without citing specific numbers. Biden has vowed that there will be no chaotic scenes similar to the U.S. departure from Vietnam in 1975, when American diplomatic staff and Vietnamese were evacuated by helicopter from the American embassy in Saigon. The heavily fortified American Embassy is located within a few miles from the airport.
Persons: Biden, Ned Price, Price, Joe Biden, Organizations: U.S, Embassy, The Defense Department, Taliban, CBS News Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Kandahar, Vietnam, Saigon, United States, American, Turkey
Over the past week, the Biden administration has overseen three flights of Afghan evacuees and their families to the United States, for a total of about 700 people. Tracey Jacobson, who is overseeing the U.S. evacuation effort, has said her team will continue to work to resettle Afghans even after the departure of American troops. A State Department spokesperson said that "due to operational security, we are unable to discuss flight schedules." The State Department spokesperson did not directly address the role of DHS officials in the evacuation effort. He pleaded for the Biden administration to expedite the evacuations.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, , Joe Biden, Sayed Abdul Wase Majidi, Virgina, Brittany Hosea, Tracey Jacobson, Trump, Julie Kornfeld, Khan Organizations: U.S, Sacramento International Airport, State Department, Veterans, Foreign, NBC News, Department of Homeland Security, DHS Locations: U.S, Afghanistan, United States, Fort Lee, Sacramento, Calif, Brittany, Nimroz Province, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghan, Kabul
Atta Kenare / AFP - Getty Images fileThe 2015 agreement lifted sanctions on Iran in return for strict limits on its nuclear program. Vaez compared the situation to a previous round of nuclear negotiations in 2005 under another hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In that case, Iran struck a belligerent tone in talks with European governments, and the negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear program collapsed. In similar circumstances during the Obama administration, Israel pushed hard for military strikes against Iran’s nuclear program, according to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ memoir. Suicide dronesApart from Iran’s nuclear program, the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East are increasingly concerned about the more immediate threat from the regime’s arsenal of drones and cruise missiles.
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The Biden administration plans to allow more Afghans to relocate to the U.S. as refugees because of the growing threat of Taliban violence, the State Department said Monday. The Priority 2, or P-2, program would open the door to Afghans who worked for the U.S. military or who have an association with the U.S. government but do not meet the strict criteria of the current special immigrant visa program. About 200 Afghans who worked for the U.S. government and faced the threat of retaliation from the Taliban were flown to the U.S. on Friday. Another 4,000 Afghans, whose visa applications are still under review, will be flown to third countries, where their paperwork will be processed in safer circumstances. But that leaves about 14,000 Afghans who have applied for the special immigrant visas in limbo, and the Biden administration has come under criticism for not having organized a larger-scale evacuation.
Persons: , Biden, Joe Biden Organizations: Biden, State Department, U.S, U.S ., Embassy Locations: U.S, Afghanistan, United States, Kabul, Helmand
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailViolence escalates as Afghan Taliban carries out revenge killingsNBC's Dan de Luce reports on a major catch in a U.S. porogram to relocate at-risk Afghans trying to escape to safety.
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