Republican Candidate Carson: Muslims Shouldn't Be President
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Sunday Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing that the principles of Islam are inconsistent with American values.
"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that," Carson, a devout Christian, told NBC's Meet the Press.
He said a president's faith should matter to voters and he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution, although he did not specify in which way Islam ran counter to constitutional principles.
Carson's comments came amid lingering fallout over Republican Donald Trump's refusal last week to take issue with a man who, during a New Hampshire campaign event, wrongly called President Barack Obama a Muslim and said Muslims are "a problem in this country."
IAEA Chief Visits Controversial Iranian Military Site
The United Nations nuclear agency says its chief has, for the first time, visited a controversial Iranian military site where Western analysts allege that Iranian scientists conducted covert research and testing as they sought to build a nuclear bomb.
A spokesman for the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said Sunday that agency chief Yukiya Amano visited the Parachin base east of Tehran during a recent visit.
His visit comes as Iran and six world powers seek to implement a deal to end a 13-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
The semi-official Iranian Student News Agency on Sunday quoted top Iranian nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi as saying the Amano visit "went well and worked within the agreed roadmap" for implementing the deal.
The agreement, unveiled in July, forces Iran to cut back its uranium enrichment to keep it from building nuclear weapons, in exchange for easing harsh Western economic sanctions that have wrecked the Iranian economy.