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Iran and six world powers, including the United States, appear to be making progress in easing a standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

At a two-day meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the Islamic Republic offered to scale back uranium enrichment to 20 percent and slow work on its water reactor in exchange for relief from sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country is committed to a new approach to international issues.

"Well, I believe we have a new world," Zarif said. "We need a different approach, all of us, to global affairs, and Iran is certainly ready to play that new role in our different international environment."

Still, talks between Iran, the Unites States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China are far from conclusive.

Just how effective are sanctions against Iran? CBN News' George Thomas addressed that question and more on CBN Newswatch, Nov. 7.

Although Iran conceded to limiting its nuclear capability, they have yet to discuss specific steps they're willing to take.

Michael Man, spokesperson for the European Union, said the ball is in Iran's court.

"We still have to get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the substance of the issues, and we're hopeful that they will be prepared to engage," Man said.

"I don't think that anyone is expecting instant results - this is a negotiation process," he added. "But certainly we are hopeful that we can make considerable progress this week."

Some U.S. lawmakers say the sanctions should be lifted only if Iran stops their enrichment altogether.

Israeli officials agreed, calling the proposal for a partial halt of Iran's nuclear program a "bad deal." They said the current sanctions are hurting Iran, putting world powers in a very strong position to negotiate.

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