Jan. 28 - President Barack Obama says the war in Afghanistan is nearing an end and warns negotiations with Iran ''will be difficult.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address included a number of foreign policy issues. He told a joint session of Congress and the nation that the U.S. mission in Afghanistan is changing, and the America presence in that country is nearing an end. He called on Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama also weighed-in on American diplomatic efforts to get Iran to end its nuclear program. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "More than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan. With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role. Together with our allies, we will compete our mission there by the end of this, year and American's longest war will finally be over. After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future." "And with the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay - because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military action, but by remaining true to our Constitutional ideals, and setting an example for the rest of the world." "With our allies and partners, we're engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share: preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.These negotiations will be difficult. They may not succeed. We are clear-eyed about Iran's support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which threaten our allies; and the mistrust between our nations cannot be wished away. But these negotiations do not rely on trust; any long-term deal we agree to must be based on verifiable action that convinces us and the international community that Iran is not building a nuclear bomb."