News Wrap: IAEA ends probe of Iran’s nuclear program

In our news wrap Tuesday, the UN nuclear agency formally ended a decade-long probe, finding that Tehran had worked on activities related to a nuclear weapon, but found no sign the work has continued. Also, activists are accusing the Nigerian military of carrying out a massacre against hundreds of Shiite Muslims.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    In the day's other news, the United Nations' nuclear agency formally ended a decade-long probe into Iran's nuclear program. But, in Vienna, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said there's no sign the work has continued.

  • YUKIYA AMANO, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency:

    The agency has no credible indications of activities in Iran relevant to the development of nuclear explosive devices after 2009, nor has the agency found any credible indications of the diversion of nuclear material in connection with the possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The end of the investigation clears the way for implementing a July deal that the U.S. and other powers reached with Iran. It calls for curbing the nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

    Human rights activists in Nigeria are accusing the country's military of carrying out a massacre of hundreds of Shiite Muslims. They say it happened over the weekend in the city of Zaria. The army says the Shiites attacked a military convoy. Protests over the incident broke out today in another city. A Shiite spokesman says police fired on the crowd and killed at least three people.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for the rest of the world today to ramp up military efforts against the Islamic State group. Carter spoke to U.S. and other troops stationed in Southern Turkey. They're taking part in the air campaign against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.

    ASH CARTER, Secretary of Defense: We really are looking for the rest of the world to step up. America is stepping up. We need our allies and partners around the world to step up and do more. And that's true in Europe. It's true in the Gulf. It's true — by Europe, I mean, all of NATO, including Turkey.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Carter also called for Turkey to seal off the rest of its border against ISIS smuggling. And Turkey today joined a new 34-nation Islamic military alliance battling terrorism. It's led by Saudi Arabia, but doesn't include Iran, Iraq or Syria.

    In Yemen, a week-long cease-fire took effect today between Shiite rebels and government forces backed by the Saudis and other Arab states. Even so, security officials said shelling and ground clashes continued in places. The truce was timed to coincide with U.N.-brokered peace talks in Geneva. A special U.N. envoy urged both sides to end the war.

    ISMAIL OULD CHEIKH AHMED, U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen (through interpreter): Today, you are the decision makers, and before you lies a historic responsibility. Are you going to abandon Yemen and its people and lead the country into further violence and slaughter? Or are you going to put Yemen first and ensure the people of Yemen can live the dignified life they deserve? You are writing the history of modern Yemen, and you alone have the power to overturn the situation.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The World Health Organization says the warring factions have promised to allow unconditional movement of supplies and medical teams during the cease-fire.

    Secretary of State John Kerry reports progress on plans for Syrian peace talks this week. Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today and said they found common ground on which Syrian opposition groups to include in the talks. Russia backs the Syrian government, while the U.S. supports moderate rebels.

    Back in this country, congressional negotiators worked to finish sweeping tax and spending bills to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. If they agree, the trillion-dollar package would also lift a 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports, as Republicans want. And it would renew tax credits for producers of renewable energy, something Democrats have asked for.

    The Republican governor of Texas has ordered National Guard troops to remain at the state's border with Mexico. Their mission was supposed to end this month, but Governor Greg Abbott says more than 10,000 children crossed into the U.S. in October and November without parents. That's double the number from a year ago.

    And Wall Street gained ground for a second day. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 156 points to close near 17525. The Nasdaq rose 43 points, and the S&P 500 added 21.