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    Iran Sanctions Eased as Tehran Curbs Nuclear Enrichment

    FILE - A worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.
    FILE - A worker rides a bicycle in front of the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.
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    The United States and other world powers are easing economic sanctions against Iran after international inspectors confirmed that Tehran has started to curb its most sensitive nuclear enrichment activity.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that Iran had disabled centrifuges at its Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities that were used to enrich uranium to 20 percent. The cutback was part of a landmark November agreement Tehran reached with the world powers who are seeking to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    The White House said it was "the first time in nearly a decade" that Tehran "has verifiably enacted measures" to trim its nuclear capability. It called the Iranian actions "an important step forward."

    With the cutback confirmed, the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union eased economic sanctions against Iran, a package worth between $6 billion and $7 billion. It includes release, in several installments, of more than $4 billion in frozen overseas assets.

    The Iranian nuclear cutback and the easing of sanctions that have crippled its economy set the stage for six months of talks between Tehran and the world powers to try to negotiate a long-term pact to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

    The U.S. said it remained committed to "using strong and disciplined diplomacy to reach a peaceful resolution" of the talks with Iran.

    The November agreement with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany limits Iran's enrichment to five percent, and requires the government to reduce its current stock of higher-enriched uranium.

    The world powers have long feared that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, but Tehran insists its nuclear program is purely for generating electricity and carrying out medical research.

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    by: Rome from: Renton,Wa
    January 20, 2014 1:16 PM
    How does the US know that they haven't already build a nuclear weapon? Or if they are building it somewhere else? I voted for Obama but now I take it all back I wish I never voted for him. Plus all the lies he produced about Obama care and all he can say is sorry. Out of that 750 billion he should of just gave every person 2 million dollars and the economy sales would of boomed if they wouldn't inflate everything because of the 2 million per person. Moat people would be out of debt and sales would of gave more jobs because of so many people shopping, honestly most people would spend their money quick except the smart ones will save it.
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    by: Sebastian from: US
    January 20, 2014 1:52 PM
    the truth is that we don't know... if anyone does know for sure its the Israelis - let us hope that they will not be guided by the idiot fool in the WH

    by: Mbekki from: USA
    January 20, 2014 11:55 AM
    why do I trust the Israelis far more than I trust president Hussein??
    Iran is a treacherous malevolent entity.

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