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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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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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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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sljennings January 21 2014 at 4:55 AM

So, Iran is winding down production on "known" and "visible" facilities, and making them more transparent. What about the "unknown" and "hidden" facilities? You know, the ones the IAEA knows nothing about?

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Sock January 21 2014 at 4:03 AM

look up 'joke' in Websters and you will find this article...

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Chip January 21 2014 at 3:28 AM

Barack Hussein Obama is becoming more comfortable in making it clear who his allies are.

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adika3z January 21 2014 at 3:25 AM

hey iran,
shut down all nuclears arms weapons,
dont let ussr russia give help to iran get arms weapons,
dont war anti israel and america,

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gpfs January 21 2014 at 12:40 AM

Obama and Kerry are the fools of fools! One might note, the agreement has NOT been made public!

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Marion E. Guyton January 21 2014 at 2:05 AM

You and your ilk lost the last two presidential elections! It's time for you to move on!!!

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Chip January 21 2014 at 3:29 AM

You and your "ilk" have you heads implanted up the backsides of the enemies of the civilized world.

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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 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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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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Printmasters January 21 2014 at 12:14 AM

Let them have relief they do what they want anyways.If they make the wrong choice and make a bomb that will be the time to wipe them off the map.I am sure that day will come.

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