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Report: Iran to Receive Significant Sanctions Relief if It Agrees to Nuke Deal

With less than two months left before the deadline for a nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, The Wall Street Journal is reporting (via Google) Tuesday that the Western nations are preparing to reward Iran for making a deal with expedited sanctions relief.

Iran has been pushing for a quick lifting of all Western and United Nations Security Council sanctions, according to Western diplomats. They have said some of Iran’s demands about the pace of easing economic pressure are unrealistic.

However the diplomat said Iran would get “substantial” economic relief early on if they complete a deal.

“In return for the implementation by Iran of verifiable nuclear-related actions which address our key concerns … we are ready to offer a substantial relief of economic and financial sanctions at an early stage,” the person said.

The Journal also confirmed that an offer “which could leave some of Iran’s centrifuges in place but remove the infrastructure that makes them work,” has been made, despite widespread criticism on the grounds that Iran could possibly reverse such an arrangement in as little as a few days.

While sanctions are cited as the impetus that forced Iran to negotiate, a report this July showed that the relaxing of sanctions over the course of the interim deal had eroded the West’s leverage with Iran in negotiations.

[Photo: U. S. Department of State / WikiCommons ]