Kerry to Urge No New Iran Sanctions as Talks Continue
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will caution lawmakers Wednesday against imposing new sanctions against Iran while international negotiations over its nuclear program continue.
Kerry is scheduled to brief the Senate banking committee, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says he will express that enacting new sanctions at this time would be a mistake.
Officials from both Iran and the P5+1 group that includes the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany have expressed optimism about their latest round of negotiations, despite failing so far to agree on a deal. The talks will continue next week.
US Carrier Group to Arrive in Philippines Wednesday
The USS George Washington arrives Wednesday in the typhoon-hit central Philippines to help bring aid to many remain who remain desperate for food and other basic necessities.
The aircraft carrier is helping rush emergency supplies to the city of Tacloban, which was almost completely destroyed Friday by one of the strongest typhoons ever recorded.
The carrier is part of a team of ships that will be able to produce millions of liters of drinking water daily. They are also carrying helicopters and other special aircraft needed to bring life-saving supplies to remote areas.
VOA's Steve Herman, speaking from Manila, says the situation is still "quite grim" in Tacloban, but that relief will soon start flowing faster.