March 4th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

Official Washington brushes off Rodman visit to North Korea

Dennis Rodman, The basketball diplomat, is back from his trip to north korea-

And he's delivering a message from its leader to President Obama: "call me."

Rodman, the former NBA star, went to North Korea to film a documentary about basketball. And he got to sit courtside next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who's a huge basketball fan.

Rodman got closer to the dictator than U.S. diplomats have.

The man who was known as “The Worm” while playing basketball says he's got a new friend, calling Kim Jong Un a very humble man who loves power and control.

Elise Labott reports.

Filed under: Kim Jong-un • North Korea • Security Brief
Nuclear watchdog agency says Iran not cooperating
DigitalGlobe satellite images from September 19, 2012 (L) and November 7, 2012 (R) of Parchin Military Complex in Iran
March 4th, 2013
06:23 AM ET

Nuclear watchdog agency says Iran not cooperating

By Mark Morgenstein

Iran is not cooperating, making it difficult for the UN's nuclear watchdog agency to provide "credible assurance" that the country doesn't possess undeclared nuclear material, the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said Monday.

Speaking to the IAEA's board of governors, Amano said Iran should grant access "without further delay" to the Parchin military complex, where the Islamic Republic is believed to have tested rockets.

Since Iran has not provided such access to date, "The Agency therefore cannot conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities," Amano said.

Amano noted that Iran has recently begun installing IR-2m centrifuges at its fuel enrichment plant at Natanz, and that those high-speed devices that rotate to enrich uranium are more advanced than the previously-installed centrifuges.

The IAEA board has been trying to negotiate cooperation from Iran for years.


Filed under: IAEA • Iran