The United States will begin easing economic sanctions on Iran after it began shutting down its most sensitive nuclear work on Monday, the White House said.
Iran has significantly slowed work on nuclear projects that could be used to make weapons, the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday in a report that comes as six world powers and Iran report new momentum in their nuclear talks.
The U.S. accused Iran of deception and defiance Wednesday, asserting that over the past decade it has stonewalled international demands to allow scrutiny of its nuclear programs.
U.N. nuclear agency officials have again failed to reach a deal with Iranian counterparts that would allow the agency to relaunch its probe of suspicions that Tehran might have worked on atomic arms.
The United Nations wants Israel to open up its nuclear program for inspection.
A top Iranian official says that Iran will be able to annihilate Israel within a day.