White House: Adviser Susan Rice met with UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to discuss Iran negotiations, Yemen, Libya; on Yemen, they agree 'a negotiated political solution remains the best outcome' - statement
Editor's note: The Associated Press outlines how the conflict in Yemen underscores political complexities for the U.S. in the Middle East. The U.S. is working to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, who has said it provides diplomatic support of the Shiite rebels in Yemen known as Houthis. At the same time, the al-Qaida branch in Yemen is also fighting the Shiite rebels. The al-Qaida branch is also the target of a U.S. drone campaign. The U.S. is a traditional ally of Saudi Arabia, who have begun bombing the Houthi rebels. In Iraq, the U.S. and Iran are both helping the Shiite-led Baghdad government battle the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group but are avoiding any actual contact. - Stephanie
On Nov. 24, 2013, the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached a nuclear deal with Iran, following intense negotiations that took place over several days in Geneva.
Iran and six of the world's powers agreed on a "first step deal” that is meant to limit advancements in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some of the economic sanctions that have deeply hurt Iran's economy.
According to the White House, the deal stipulates that Iran will commit to halt uranium enrichment above 5 percent and also to neutralize its stockpile of near-20 percent enriched uranium. The Islamic Republic has also committed to halt progress on its enrichment capacity. Iran will also halt work at its plutonium reactor and provide access to nuclear inspectors. - NBC News