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November 15, 2019

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News Wrap: Iran warns it will soon exceed treaty’s uranium limits

In our news wrap Monday, Iran warns that it will exceed its limit on stockpiling uranium in the next 10 days. A spokesman for the country’s atomic energy agency said it is “suspending” the commitments established by the 2015 nuclear accord. Meanwhile, former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi died after collapsing in court. The Muslim Brotherhood leader had been imprisoned since his 2013 ouster.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Iran is warning that it will exceed its uranium stockpile limit under the 2015 nuclear accord in the next 10 days. The country's Atomic Energy Agency also says it will step up uranium enrichment to near weapons-grade levels.

    Today's announcement is aimed at putting more pressure on European countries to compensate Iran for U.S. sanctions.

  • Behrouz Kamalvandi:

    We are suspending, we are not revoking the commitments. We are not removing the commitments. We do, of course, urge them to quickly to do whatever they want to do in order to compensate the situation and, of course, to bring back once again the balance between the commitments and, of course, the obligations.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The White House National Security Council called Iran's announcement — quote — "nuclear blackmail." The U.S. pulled out of the nuclear deal more than a year ago.

    Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi died today after collapsing in court. State prosecutors said the 67-year-old spoke briefly, and then fainted. The Muslim Brotherhood leader won Egypt's first free election in 2012 after pro-democracy protests. He was ousted in a military coup the next year, and has been jailed ever since.

    His family said that Morsi's health crumbled in harsh prison conditions. The now-banned Muslim Brotherhood accused the state of murder.

    Lights are back on in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, after an all-day blackout on Sunday affected millions of people. Streets in Buenos Aires stayed dark into the night, and businesses lit candles in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. The outage also disrupted transportation, communications and water supplies. There is still no word on the cause.

    In Mexico, the foreign minister announced today the newly formed National Guard will fully deploy along the border with Guatemala this week. Mexico pledged to deploy 6,000 troops to stem the surge of Central American migrants after President Trump threatened tariffs.

    The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei conceded today that U.S. sanctions are taking a major toll on revenues. He estimated the company will take in $30 billion less than initially expected over the next two years. Huawei's overseas cell phone sales are also expected to drop by 40 percent.

  • Ren Zhengfei (through translator):

    We didn't, in our initial assessment, expect it to be this serious. We had made our preparations, just like an old airplane. We had only protected our heart and our fuel tank. We didn't protect the other necessary components. So, in the next two years, the company will suffer a setback.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The U.S. has banned most American companies' transactions with Huawei over fears that it will help Beijing spy on other nations.

    In Toronto, shooting broke out during a victory parade today for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. The gunfire briefly touched off a panic at the back of an estimated crowd of two million. The ceremony stopped for a moment and then resumed. Two people were wounded and two people arrested.

    The U.S. Supreme Court today threw out a judgment against an Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court sidestepped issuing a major decision. Instead, it ordered state judges to review the case again.

    Separately, the justices upheld trying defendants for the same crime in state and federal courts. It's an exception to the double jeopardy rule, with implications for the Russia investigation. That is, anyone pardoned by President Trump on federal charges could still face state charges.

    The Vatican has formally opened debate today on allowing married men to be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon. The proposal came in a working document for a meeting of South American bishops. It would mark a historic shift to address the region's clergy shortage. The document also called for more indigenous women in church leadership roles.

    On Wall Street today, stocks managed modest gains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up almost 23 points to close at 26112. The Nasdaq rose 48 points, and the S&P 500 added two.

    And heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt died today in New York of stomach cancer. She was the great-great-granddaughter of railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt and the mother of Anderson Cooper, the CNN anchor, who announced her death today.

    Vanderbilt gained fashion icon status with her line of designer jeans in the 1970s. She was also a talented painter and collagist and acted on stage and on television. Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old.

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