(ALMATY, Kazakhstan) — World powers confronting Iran about its rogue nuclear ambitions on Tuesday are suggesting some easing of sanctions might be possible if Tehran demonstrates a good-faith effort to ease international concerns about its atomic program.
This is the first time the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, otherwise known as the P5+1 group, have met with Iranian officials since talks fell apart in Moscow last June.
Since then, Iran has made progress in speeding up uranium enrichment, a key step to developing nuclear weapons, and Tehran now feels it has more leverage as it starts discussions with the P5+1 group in Kazakhstan.
Nonetheless, the series of tough sanctions enacted by the world community has devastated the Iranian economy and if it’s true that the U.S. and it allies would consider scaling back the penalties, Tehran could be willing to compromise.
Secretary of State John Kerry, making the first international tour of his new job, said in London, “The window for a diplomatic solution simply cannot by definition remain open forever. But it is open today. It is open now. There is still time but there is only time if Iran makes the decision to come to the table and negotiate in good faith.”
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Samantha Beech, CNN
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