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US to begin easing economic sanctions on Iran

Iran Starts Implementing Landmark Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States will begin easing economic sanctions on Iran after it began shutting down its most sensitive nuclear work on Monday, the White House said.

Iran's move was part of a landmark deal struck late last year with the U.S., five other world powers and the European Union to ease concerns over Tehran's nuclear program and provide for the partial removal of some of the economic sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. Iran has insisted that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes only.

The United Nations nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed Monday that higher-level uranium enrichment at a facility in central Iran had stopped, an important step among others that together provided officials with the evidence needed to conclude that Iran was holding up its end of the agreement.

The White House, which has vowed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, hailed Iran's actions as "an important step forward."

"These actions represent the first time in nearly a decade that Iran has verifiably enacted measures to halt progress on its nuclear program, and roll it back in key respects," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "Iran has also begun to provide the IAEA with increased transparency into the Iranian nuclear program, through more frequent and intrusive inspections and the expanded provision of information to the IAEA. Taken together, these concrete actions represent an important step forward."

The European Union announced earlier Monday that it, too, was suspending some of the sanctions it has imposed on Iran.

Carney said the five world powers - the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China - also would begin providing relief to Iran.

At the same time, Carney said the group will continue its aggressive enforcement of sanctions that will remain in effect during the next six months, the period that Iran and the world powers will use to negotiate a final deal.

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flfisherjc January 20 2014 at 12:45 PM

We should not trust them.

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paulkwood flfisherjc January 20 2014 at 1:06 PM

We don't trust them. The power establishment is just going through the motions before they justify an attack in the coming years. They want history to be written in a way that shows "we gave them a chance".

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treese1026 flfisherjc January 20 2014 at 1:31 PM

I trust them as much as I trust the current administration in Washington DC.

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Marion E. Guyton treese1026 January 21 2014 at 2:09 AM

You lost!!! Get over it!!!

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dentiom03 January 21 2014 at 4:56 AM

easing sanctions is wise diplomacy. hopefully sanctions against cuba will be eased too.

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vskend January 20 2014 at 2:26 PM

how obout Israel WMD?

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adika3z vskend January 21 2014 at 3:26 AM

america and israel are the best allied friendship forever

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flexireal January 21 2014 at 12:16 AM

HOW MANY COUNTRY HAVE THEIR NUKE AND YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO KNOW, GO FETCH THE BALL BUDDY.

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Kay January 20 2014 at 9:39 PM

I trust them about as far as I could throw my 250# husband! Iran will tell you anything to get us to lift santions and such. I do not trust them one iota, and I also do not trust Obama. He is selling us down the river to these foreign countries like Iran, Iraq and all others. So sad.

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hillarylied January 21 2014 at 12:22 AM

Obama and Kerry are very clearly far, far too gullible to be handling such historically important foreign policy.

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Chip hillarylied January 21 2014 at 3:30 AM

I don't think they're gullible at all. They are allied with the wrong people.

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Don January 21 2014 at 9:20 AM

When they renew their peaceful stand in the world comunity then we might see peace in that part of the world, we should pray !!

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dad January 20 2014 at 9:38 PM

There never should have never been any sanctions to start with.

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surferlaments dad January 21 2014 at 4:12 AM

all the world put on the sanctions. so how is it that you stand with the iranian government?

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jasherrin January 20 2014 at 6:25 PM

YES what a buch of Hypocratic BS this country of our s slings!

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FIERCE-PHYL January 20 2014 at 1:28 PM

yea right, like we really believe this

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