Oct 152013

In this CNN Student News: Iranian Foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary of State Meet; What Will Happen in a Government Shutdown?

CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: It is Friday, and that is awesome. Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS. We talked earlier this week about the tense relationship between the United States and Iran. In recent years, Iran`s controversial nuclear program has added to that tension. Iran says the program is for peaceful purpose, the U.S. and other countries believe Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons.

One way the U.S. and other countries have reacted to Iran`s nuclear program is with sanctions. Now, these are punishments, penalties that restrict Iran`s economic activities. Sanctions are designed to pressure Iran into talking with the international community. Yesterday, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zurif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in New York about Iran`s nuclear program. Here`s why that`s significant. It`s the first meeting between high level U.S. and Iranian officials in more than 30 years.


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