News & Views reports on a recent interview with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice on the US arms sales to the Gulf states. She stated that the move should send a message to everyone that the US will defend its interests in the Gulf region and the US will defend all its allies in the region, however Iran has nothing to fear as these relationships the U.S. has in the region are longstanding. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has asked the Gulf states to step up pressure on Iran, stating that Iran's nuclear program is counterproductive to the interests of other states in the region. A preview of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit to Washington next week with the chief of VOA's Dari Service.
Roundtable hosts Mr. Said Jabbar, a senior analyst at the Center For the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights on a recent poll his group commissioned on Iranian attitudes toward its country's policies.
Late Edition reports on the new Congressional ethics package passed this week in the House of Representatives.
NewsTalk hosts its weekly roundup of U.S. foreign policy towards Iran with Shayan Samaii, Mehran Barati and VOA's Siamak Deghanpour.