Monday, February 25, 2013

Major Powers Prepare To Offer Iran Sanctions Relief At Nuclear Talks

Powers To Offer Iran Sanctions Relief At Nuclear Talks -- Reuters

(Reuters) - Major powers will offer Iran some sanctions relief during talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this week if Tehran agrees to curb its nuclear program, a U.S. official said on Monday.

But the Islamic Republic could face more economic pain if it fails to address international concerns about its atomic activities, the official said ahead of the February 26-27 meeting in the central Asian state, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"There will be continued sanctions enforcement ... there are other areas where pressure can be put," the official said, on the eve of the first round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers in eight months.

A spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who leads the talks with Iran on behalf of the powers, said Tehran should understand that there was an "urgent need to make concrete and tangible progress" in Kazakhstan.

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Update: U.S., Allies Said to Offer Iran New Elements at Nuclear Talks -- Bloomberg Businessweek

My Comment:
The Iranians are sensing weakness from the major powers .... so not surprisingly their position is hardening. As to what is my take .... sanctions are having an impact on the average Iranian .... but there is now a movement that may end up undermining sanctions and making them ineffective. Fro a detailed explanation .... go here.

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