News and Views reports that the U.S. State Department announced a new meeting of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany has been set for Friday in Washington over Iran's nuclear program. The meeting will call for fresh sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program, proposed Monday by the US and then by France 24 hours later. We will have a state spokesperson on live to discuss. NaV also reports that the UN nuclear monitoring agency shared new photos and documents purporting to show that Iran tried to refit its main long-distance missile to carry a nuclear payload, said diplomats who attended the meeting yesterday. Responding to the presentation to the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a senior US envoy said the information was compelling evidence against the Islamic republic. His Iranian counterpart said the material shown was fabricated. Continuing its reporting on sanctions, the broadcast covers the reports that two Iraqi ships were seized off Iranian coasts for smuggling fuel from Iran, the Iranian official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The Iraqi ships were carrying 410,000 liters of smuggled fuel, the agency quoted an Iranian official as saying.
Roundtable features Dr. Daryoush Homayoun and Dr. Houshang Amir Ahmadi, on set in DC to discuss democracy in the Middle East and the varying Iranian perspectives.
Late Edition reports on the world wide financial crisis. Following will be a discussion of Iran’s student movement, a look at Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, a performance by France’s first lady Carla Bruni, and a review of the new film Lakeview Terrace.
Newstalk features political analysts Alireza Nourizadeh from London and Moshen Sazegara, in the DC studio. Topics include the UN meeting on Friday in DC to discuss Iranian sanctions, Iran's Foreign Minister Mottaki in Georgia, and the chances of Mohammad Khatami as a nominee for president in Iran.