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Bipartisan Report Recommends Some Iran Sanctions Relief

A new bipartisan report by the Atlantic Council says that opening authorized banking channels for humanitarian purposes would make it harder for Iran's government to blame the US for the pain sanctions are causing ordinary Iranians, reports Barbara Slavin.

Nuclear talks resume tomorrow [April] 5 among Iran, the United States and five other powers in an atmosphere of decidedly restrained optimism.

It would be wonderful if these on-again, off-again negotiations led to a verifiable cap on Iran’s nuclear program in return for relief of sanctions that are impoverishing and embittering the Iranian people. But given the difficult history between Iran and the international community, it is entirely possible that no agreement will be reached. That does not mean, however, that US policy should remain unchanged.

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