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U.S. Outlines New Iran Demands

The Obama administration said Saturday that, along with Europe, it’s about to lay down new demands for Iran as a part of new negotiations that Western powers view as the country’s last chance to undo its nuclear program. The Western allies will insist that Iran dismantle a recently-completed nuclear facility, and that it cease production of uranium fuel. The hard-line opening move is designed to put pressure on factions inside Iran’s government that believe a settlement would be preferably to the harsh economic sanctions currently wrecking the country’s economy. “We have no idea how the Iranians will react,” one senior administration official said. “We probably won’t know after the first meeting.”

April 7, 2012 8:55 PM