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Briefing Skipper: IAEA, Clinton trip, Somalia, North Korea

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly: IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei will go to Tehran this weekend to work out the details of the plan to ship Iran’s low-enriched uranium to some other country, ...

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department's daily presser so you don't have to. Here are the highlights of today's briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly: IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei will go to Tehran this weekend to work out the details of the plan to ship Iran's low-enriched uranium to some other country, Kelly said, but he claimed not know anything about reports that Iran is denying they agreed to the scheme. "They agreed in principle to do it, is my understanding," he said. The next meeting is in Vienna on Oct. 18.Iran and North Korea will likely be a part of Secretary Clinton's agenda on her upcoming trip to Moscow, Kelly said, along with a host of other issues. There are rumors today that she might stop in Prague and Warsaw, but informed sources tell The Cable that the yet- unannounced possible stop on the trip next week is Zurich and it would be on the 10th if the Turks and Armenians come to an agreement on restoring diplomatic relations.Amb. Phil Goldberg, coordinator for implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874 (related to North Korean arms proliferation), was in the UAE yesterday to discuss the resolution, along with Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Danny Glaser and others. The delegation will meet with Egyptian officials in Cairo Sunday. The jet-setting Goldberg has already been to Malaysia, South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore.Bad news on the fate of missing Vice Consul James Hogan in Curacao. The police there found his bloody clothes and cell phone on the beach.The U.S. has not suspended some $50 million of aid to Somalia, as the New York Times reported today, according to Kelly. "We are, of course, aware of the possibility that some of this aid is going through areas that are controlled by al-Shabab, which, of course, is a designated terrorist organization," said Kelly, but said the food aid continues and was only paused to do a review.Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is back from his whirlwind tour of Asia, but still no decision on whether to have one-on-one talks with the North Koreans.

In which we scour the transcript of the State Department’s daily presser so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights of today’s briefing by spokesman Ian Kelly:

  • IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei will go to Tehran this weekend to work out the details of the plan to ship Iran’s low-enriched uranium to some other country, Kelly said, but he claimed not know anything about reports that Iran is denying they agreed to the scheme. "They agreed in principle to do it, is my understanding," he said. The next meeting is in Vienna on Oct. 18.
  • Iran and North Korea will likely be a part of Secretary Clinton’s agenda on her upcoming trip to Moscow, Kelly said, along with a host of other issues. There are rumors today that she might stop in Prague and Warsaw, but informed sources tell The Cable that the yet- unannounced possible stop on the trip next week is Zurich and it would be on the 10th if the Turks and Armenians come to an agreement on restoring diplomatic relations.
  • Amb. Phil Goldberg, coordinator for implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874 (related to North Korean arms proliferation), was in the UAE yesterday to discuss the resolution, along with Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Danny Glaser and others. The delegation will meet with Egyptian officials in Cairo Sunday. The jet-setting Goldberg has already been to Malaysia, South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore.
  • Bad news on the fate of missing Vice Consul James Hogan in Curacao. The police there found his bloody clothes and cell phone on the beach.
  • The U.S. has not suspended some $50 million of aid to Somalia, as the New York Times reported today, according to Kelly. "We are, of course, aware of the possibility that some of this aid is going through areas that are controlled by al-Shabab, which, of course, is a designated terrorist organization," said Kelly, but said the food aid continues and was only paused to do a review.
  • Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is back from his whirlwind tour of Asia, but still no decision on whether to have one-on-one talks with the North Koreans.

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Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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