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Negotiations between Western and Iranian diplomats maybe be ready to sign an agreement that would freeze Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions. White House spokesman Jay Carney said in Washington that Iran has been offered "limited, targeted and reversible relief" from sanctions in return for concrete and verifiable concessions on its nuclear work. It's the first step towards a more comprehensive deal in the future, which would include warming of relations with the West, especially the United States.

The balancing act is tough for Iran, which wants better relations with the West and ease economic sanctions, as well as find a middle gorund that does not jeoparidize their national soverighnty. However, Iran is showing to be willing to make compromises, shelving demands for the right to enrich uranium, adding they may be ready to limit its stockpile of uranium.  But Tehran did say Iran's cooperation is "reversible" if the U.S. failed to ease sanctions.

The Obama administration has hailed the negoations as a breakthough in decades old tension between Iran and the West.  But that does not mean everyone in Washington is so enthusiatics.  Some U.S. lawmakers, with support from Israel, are pushing for sanctions to be tightened.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the negoatiations "a mistake of historic proportions." U.S. allies among Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf, led by Saudi Arabia, have also signaled reservations. 

Iranian conservatives are concerned that Iran may be giving up in to demands that limit their soverignty. 

International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors who monitor Iran's 17 declared nuclear facilities are due to fly to Tehran next week. They're seeking access to sites that they've been barred from visiting, to investigate a possible military dimension to Iran's nuclear program.





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