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An official representing Iran has made suggestions on Tuesday regarding a possible preliminary agreement between the Islamic Republic and the United States and another five of the world`s most powerful states. He said that the deal which the Iranians are very optimistic about will diminish Iran`s ability of developing a nuclear bomb but, in the same time, the pact should lighten the aspects of the economic embargo that was placed on Iran.
From the United States` side less cheering was heard, on whether the two parts will eventually agree on a deal or not. Officials say that there still are some differences between how each part understands the agreement and that the diplomats have to work furthermore in order to get things straight. Especially when it comes to Tehran`s responsibilities for a gradual termination of the economic embargo.
Josh Earnest, a spokesman for the White House, reckons that Iran has undoubtedly made progress in the last year, advancing toward meeting international requirements. “Reaching an agreement is at best 50-50.”, he added.
There are two important dates to come in the agreement`s calendar. At the end of March, the two parts should meet to sign a preliminary pact. Also, the signing of a final and completed version of the agreement is scheduled for June.
As for the United States` foreign affairs and policy, such an agreement was a top priority for the Obama administration. The new pact aims to outstretch the period of time in which Iran can develop a nuclear weapon to a year. At the moment, Iran can build an atomic bomb over several months. However, Iran has been the protagonist of a world-wide controversy over nuclear proliferation, and it is expected that not even the signing of this agreement in June will not put an end to it.
For example, the congressmen of the Republican Party see the agreement as a new factor of continuing the uncertain relations between the United States and Israel, especially if Israel`s new cabinet is going to be led by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Even more, the Republicans have threatened with the pact`s upending because, according to them, it is ineffective and not congruent to the actual foreign policy and international relations of the United States.
Ali Akhbar Salehi is optimistic about the potential deal. Iran`s nuclear chief says that Tehran has only got one more item on the list to take care about, and when that is resolved, both parts will be as pleased with the agreement. He did not mention what that final item was.
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