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Top diplomat John Kerry approves waiver to ease Iran sanctions, says the US

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:23 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday approved a waiver to ease sanctions on Iran, after the Islamic republic began to impose curbs on its suspect nuclear programme.

"Iran has begun to take concrete and verifiable steps to halt its nuclear programme," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding it was "an unprecedented opportunity" to resolve global concerns over the atomic program.

Mr Kerry has approved the waiver, which will allow limited relief to help Iran's crippled economy, and it would be sent to Congress on Monday, she added.

As agreed with world powers under a six-month deal reached on Nov 24, the US administration "has taken the necessary steps to pause efforts to further reduce Iranian crude oil exports", a separate US fact sheet said.

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