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    Interim Iran Nuclear Deal to Take Effect Jan. 20

    Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement an interim nuclear agreement. The deal, which takes effect next week,  eases some financial sanctions in exchange for Iran rolling back parts of its nuclear program, ahead of talks on a more comprehensive agreement.
     
    Under this interim accord, Iran agrees to limit its uranium enrichment to five percent, which is the grade commonly used to power nuclear reactors. That's a big drop from Iran's current production of 20 percent enriched uranium, which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade use.
     
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped negotiate this accord in November. He told reporters in the French capital Sunday that getting this joint plan of action under way is an important first step.
     
    "As of that day, January 20, for the first time in almost a decade, Iran's nuclear program will not be able to advance. In fact, parts of it will be rolled back while we start negotiating a comprehensive agreement to address the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program," said Kerry.
     
    Western powers suspect Iran has been trying to develop the ability to manufacture nuclear weapons. Iran says its program is aimed purely at generating electricity and fueling civilian atomic research.
     
    Kerry stressed the United States and its allies will work closely with U.N. nuclear inspectors to ensure that the terms of this deal are met.
     
    "As this agreement takes effect, we will be extraordinarily vigilant in our verification and monitoring of Iran's actions," said Kerry.
     
    He added the international community is clear-eyed about the greater challenges of a more comprehensive agreement restricting Iran's nuclear program.
     
    "We are very clear about what will be required in order to be able to guarantee to the international community that this is a peaceful program. The negotiations will be very difficult, but they are the best chance that we have to be able to resolve this critical national security issue peacefully and durably," said Kerry.
     
    In a written statement, President Barack Obama said the United States and other nations will begin to give Iran "modest relief" on economic sanctions, as long as Tehran lives up to its end of the agreement.
     
    Obama said he will veto any new sanctions legislation passed by the U.S. Congress during talks on a long-term deal with Iran, but he said Washington will be ready to increase its sanctions if Iran fails to abide by the agreement.

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    by: Michael Guy from: Canonsburg, Pa.
    January 13, 2014 3:56 AM
    Ever since Mogadishu andd the USS Cole ( and 9-11) it has been Sunni-Wahabbi-Salafel Terrorist who have caused 90% of US military Casualties and have terrorized the globe, especially in Africa, India and Russia. These 'old men of the mountain" style assassins have been sponsored and controlled by the Sunni sheiks of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan. In fact Pakistan , rife with all sort of Sunni sects and Al Qaeda elements , is the real nuclear threat to the world. But the Israelis and their paid for AIPAC syncophants in Washington, alond with those in our government who are the paid vassals and Janissaries of the Sunni oil sheiks seem content to promote sanctions and war against all Shia rivals to Riyadh and overlook the nuclear threat of Sunni Pakistan, a nation that not only aids Al Qaeda but also allows China to build 3 nuclear plants and a submarine base to attck the 7th Fleet. If there is ever a nuclear bomb set off in the decadent, indebted west or even in Russia, it wil come from nuclear material from Pakistan and the order for this explosion, just like the 9-11 attck, will come from one of our perfidious and duplicitous "allies" , the Sunni royal sheiks of Riyadh or Qatar.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    January 12, 2014 6:25 PM
    It is a fair deal for Iran, US, EU and the world community to limit the uranium enrichment in Iran to 5% for energy production and to stop the enrichment of uranium beyond the 5% level in return for the relaxation of some of the economic sanctions. The compliance to UN and IAEA is of vital importance to monitor Iran's nuclear activities for compliance to the agreement. The Democles Sword of economic sanctions should hang on Iran, in case the IAEA is prevented from any inspections or Iran violate the terms of the agreement. President Obama of US should not sign any sanctions during the implementation of the agreement, while it remains an option for the Iranian violations of the agreement. The agreement should be reached with Iran for the disposal of 20% enriched uranium already in Iran and deactivation of all centrifuges, equipments and facilities that are used for enrichment of uranium above 5%. The enrichment of Plutonium in Iran should also be watched along with the Uranium enrichment.

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