File - In this Sunday, March 9, 2014, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks in a joint press briefing with the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton after their meeting, in Tehran, Iran.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Six world powers and Iran launched a decisive phase of diplomacy Wednesday to draft a lasting accord that would curb Tehran's contested nuclear activity in exchange for a phased end to sanctions that have hobbled the Iranian economy.Washington's estrangement from Iran could ease, improving international stability, if a deal were done but U.S. and other Western officials warned against unwarranted optimism given persisting, critical differences between the sides.Looming in the background of the talks have been threats by Israel, widely believed to have the Middle East's only nuclear weaponry but which sees Iran as an existential threat, to attack Iranian nuclear installations if it deems diplomacy futile in containing Tehran's atomic abilities and potential.Broadly, the six powers want to ensure the Iranian program is curtailed enough so that it would take Iran a long time to assemble nuclear bomb components if it chose to do so, and would be detected with intrusive inspections before it was too late.
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