Iran, six powers making progress in 'tough' nuclear negotiations




 
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November 7th, 2013  
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Topic: Iran, six powers making progress in 'tough' nuclear negotiations


By Louis Charbonneau and Justyna Pawlak GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers appeared to be edging towards a preliminary deal on its nuclear activity on Thursday, citing progress in talks capitalizing on a diplomatic opening from Tehran, though it cautioned that the discussions were "tough". The United States said the powers would consider relaxing some sanctions against Iran if it takes verifiable steps to limit its nuclear program - a long elusive compromise that could reduce the risk of another Middle East war. Lending urgency to the process, a U.S. Senate committee said it would pursue a package of tough new sanctions on Iran after the current Geneva talks end on Friday. Any more punitive sanctions would torpedo hopes for a deal, Iran has warned.

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