National Security Brief: Clinton Says Iranians Can End Sanctions

— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran’s leaders could end the economic sanctions “in short order” if they would cooperate with international calls to scale back its nuclear program.

— The leader of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) — which Clinton recently took off the State Department’s list of terror organizations — is seeking international recognition as the legitimate political opposition to the current government in Tehran. U.S. officials believe the MEK has little popular support inside Iran, where it is widely viewed as an extremist cult.

— U.S. officials expressed concern about the top court in Bahrain’s decision to uphold jail terms for nine health-care workers convicted for their roles in last year’s pro-democracy uprising, calling it a setback for reconciliation efforts in the gulf Arab state.

— According to a new book, President Obama said he would have tried Osama bin Laden in a federal court had U.S. Navy SEALs captured the al Qaeda leader during the raid on his compound last year.

— The Washington Post reports: More than three weeks after attacks in this city killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, sensitive documents remained only loosely secured in the wreckage of the U.S. mission on Wednesday, offering visitors easy access to delicate information about American operations in Libya.

— The U.N. Security Council will soon be asked to approve a Western-backed security force to combat the spreading terrorism threat in Mali.