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U.S. to begin easing sanctions on Iran

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 20, 2014 at 6:28 a.m. Updated January 20, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.


This Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, file photo shows the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Iranian state TV on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, announced the country has started implementing a deal struck between six world powers and Tehran to ease Western sanctions in exchange for Iran opening its nuclear program to international inspection and limiting its uranium enrichment, which is a possible pathway to nuclear arms.

WASHINGTON —The White House says the U.S. will begin easing economic sanctions on Iran after Tehran began shutting down its most sensitive nuclear work Monday.

Iran's move was part of a landmark deal struck with world powers to ease concerns over its nuclear program and provide for the partial removal of economic sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

White House spokesman Jay Carney adds in a statement that Washington will continue to aggressively enforce sanctions that will remain in effect.

The United Nations nuclear agency has confirmed that higher-level uranium enrichment at a facility in central Iran has been stopped.

The European Union also has announced that it is suspending some sanctions following the Tehran's implementation of its commitment.


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cliffcarson says... January 20, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

I am curious about what United States sanctions are being relax or ended. What will the American public know about who is and who isn't living up to the agreement?

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Fdworfe says... January 20, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

I think we should remember, and we should hold our breath. Either Iran has drastically morphed internally overnight, has been economically shaken to the very core by sanctions, or has at last accurately read the pulse of an evolving upcoming generation. None sounds likely. My guess is that insanity runs just as deeply now in this paranoid theocracy as it did in November 1979 when, in violation of international norms and laws, it stormed our embassy, took our people captive and held them for 444 days. It was a classic case of inmates running the asylum. We can but hope that the international inspectors are just as hardnosed as they are informed in matters of nuclear energy production and ways of concealment. The governing factions of Iran don’t even trust each other, and with good reason. Why should anyone trust any of them?

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cliffcarson says... January 20, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

Just before the overthrow of the SHAH the U S was building the Reactors in Iran. By the way that Embassy stuff and prisoners had to do with getting rid of the SHAH, the bloodiest dictator ever in the Middle East - who incidentally was put in power by the U S after overthrowing the Government to get control of Iran's oil.
The reason I asked the question was because of the failure of the Nuclear deal with North Korea. You might remember that North Korea agreed with the U S to dismantle their Nuclear Program if we would do certain things. We agreed to do it and they began to dismantle their Nuclear Program. The deal breaker was when we failed to keep our promises. They complained and the newly elected George Bush called them one of the Axis of Evil and cancelled the deal.
They re-started their Program and now have an atom bomb.

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RonalFos says... January 21, 2014 at 7:14 a.m.

What would you do if the leader of the most powerful country in the world included you in a list of evil countries then proceeded to invade one of the countries on the list? If we didn't have it we would be building a bomb too. You can thank GW for most of this mess.

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cliffcarson says... January 21, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.

Yes RonalFos

A whole bunch of the mess in the World today can be laid at the feet of George Bush and his supporters.

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