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Iran and US edge towards détente as deal looks possible

Tehran and Washington may be nearing a political deal. But don’t count on a sharp rise in the country’s oil exports just yet

As the US, Iran and five other states prepare for more negotiations in Kazakhstan on 5 April, the mood between the sides has shifted. Senior Iranians now talk of a possible end to the deadlock. US President Barack Obama believes a “practical solution” is possible. Some sanctions relief has been offered. Hopes for a deal are high.  The rough shape of the terms is now visible. Iran would be allowed to enrich some uranium, but agree to stringent oversight from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It may have to shut the Fordow nuclear complex, near Qom. In exchange, the embargo on Iran’s economy would begin to be lifted. In a message sent on 19 March to Iranians celebrating Nowruz, t

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