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Iran, world powers restart talks

TRY, TRY AGAIN:All parties seem optimistic that a deal can be reached to curb Tehran’s nuclear activities, but Iran insists on easing sanctions against oil exports

AFP, GENEVA

Meanwhile, Obama is trying to dissuade US lawmakers from piling more sanctions on Iran, something which could quickly scupper diplomatic efforts and prompt Iran to expand its nuclear activities further after the recent pause.

“There is a real possibility that Congress could throw a monkey wrench into the diplomacy,” Mark Fitzpatrick from the International Institute for Strategic Studies said.

On Tuesday Obama met with key senators at the White House, telling them to save their “robust” new sanctions for if Iran fails “to follow through on its commitments.”

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