September 28th, 2009
10:14 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Iran nuclear showdown?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/09/28/iran.missile.tests/art.iran.missile.two.gi.jpg caption="A short-range missile is test-launched during war games in Qom, Iran, south of Tehran, on Sunday."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Iran appears to have been flexing its nuclear muscle over the weekend. It test fired two types of long-range missiles earlier today, according to the state-run Press TV. This followed a weekend of tests by the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which included several types of short and medium-range missiles. The testing was carried out on the heels of Iran’s admission of the existence of a second nuclear facility. So what is Iran trying to prove and how will it go over in the international community?

The United States wants Iran to provide international inspectors with full access to a newly disclosed underground uranium enrichment plant that Obama administration officials say is both illegal and probably intended for developing weapons instead of electricity. We’ll dig deeper on Iran’s nuclear program, and its intentions, tonight.

Drew Griffin is doing an exclusive report on an eco-terrorism group tonight. A founding member of the radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front, talks to Drew about his involvement in arsons and vandalism over the past decade. He turned on his group, however, and became an informant for the FBI. He wore a secret digital recording device and captured more than 80 hours of conversations with a group the FBI lists as a domestic terrorist organization. More on the group tonight.

Chicago’s deadly streets claimed the life of another teenager last week. Police say an amateur video believed to have captured the beating death of a 16-eyar-old student is helping authorities identify people on the scene. Police declined to say if anyone was in custody in connection with the death of the boy. Relatives believe he was beaten to death on his way home from a South Side high school for refusing to join a gang, but some witnesses say he was a bystander who was swept into a violent altercation. Joe Johns is in Chicago where he’ll have the latest on the investigation tonight.

And we just learned this morning that President Obama will head to Denmark to push for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid. Michelle Obama is leading the delegation and the President will join her on Friday morning. Will they succeed in winning the games for their hometown city?

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Paola Baldi - Barbados

    My question are: Is IRAN for real or are they just bullying the Western world to see what our next move will be? Are we on verge of WW III?
    Unfortunately with some people there seams to be very little hope to sit down and talk contructively.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  2. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    I hope Pres Obama will put an end to the unrest int he middle east but it never seems it will end .

    September 28, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  3. Terry McReath

    Our delay in response could be our down fall.

    September 28, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  4. Greg M

    I think we had all hoped that with Pres. Obama, that we would find a new world peace.....right now I would say that was questionable.
    Are we headed back to another Cold War era????

    September 28, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  5. Cindy

    Iran is just trying to prove a point that no matter what the U.S. and other countries say they can and will continue making and testing nukes. These tests were just them thumbing their noses at the world for downing them about their newly disclosed plant. And trying to prove that they are relevant in the world.

    As to what the U.S. will do...absolutely nothing...probably sanctions which might as well be nothing because we see what effect they have had. Or maybe Obama will go sit down and talk with them, isn't that what he said he'd do with all leaders to try and work out these things.


    September 28, 2009 at 10:29 am |