A bill introduced in Congress on June 17 by four Senators would prohibit purchases by the U.S. federal government of Chinese goods and services until China agrees to the Agreement on Government Procurement. The bill, formally designated as S. 3505, the China Fair Trade Act of 2010, was introduced by three Democrats, Debbie Stabinow of Michigan, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and one Republican, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Citing a statement from a Middle East affairs expert who helped formulate the Obama administration’s first Afghan strategy in early 2009, a New York Times article published on June 15 cast doubts on the practicality of President Obama’s plan to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by July 2011.
Speaking in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room on June 9, President Obama made a statement commenting on the UN Security Council’s vote earlier in the day to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran in response to that nation’s controversial nuclear-fuel enrichment program.
Voice of America News reported on June 9 that the United Nations Security Council had voted to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran in response to the nation’s controversial nuclear-fuel enrichment program.
Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told reporters on June 3 that his department plans to cut $100 billion in expenses in all other areas to guarantee a three-percent annual increase in real growth — beyond inflation — in the accounts that pay for combat operations.
The British Guardian newspaper on May 21 quoted from a statement made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to reporters in Tokyo that a dispute between the United States and Japan over the future of a U.S. airbase in Okinawa would not affect the countries' "rock solid" 50-year-old alliance.
A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on May 18, killing six military personnel — five Americans and one Canadian — the AP reported, citing a statement from military and Afghan officials.
The Voice of America reported on May 5 that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed "in principle” to accept Brazilian mediation in a United Nations-backed nuclear fuel swap deal. The UN deal calls for Iran to send its uranium to Russia for enrichment.
The event officially designated as “The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)” opened on May 3 at UN Headquarters in New York. The conference, which is expected to host representatives from more than 100 countries, will run through May 28.
In a speech before the House of Representatives on April 22, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) voiced opposition to H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, referring to the legislation as “this entire push for war on Iran, however it is disguised.”