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UN Ambassador: Iran Being Offered $6 Billion in Relief

Samantha Power revealed Thursday that Iran is being offered sanctions relief of around $6 billion as part of interim deal.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 11/22/2013, 1:49 PM

Illustration: Money
Illustration: Money
Israel news photo: Flash 90

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power appeared on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday, revealing that Iran is being offered "moderate" sanctions relief in the ongoing Geneva talks worth around $6 billion.

Power called the proposals "a very good deal" in which the US would offer "very modest, temporary and very reversible relief in exchange for being able to see whether they’re prepared to take that first step.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told CNN that Iran is being offered an "enormous deal," as pressure built up by the sanctions will be released in exchange for "a minor concession which (Iran) could reverse in weeks."

When asked for estimates over the proposed sanctions relief, as figures have been placed anywhere from $50 billion to $6 billion, Power responded "I’m not going to get into the specifics, especially while...negotiators are at it right now in Geneva, but...your lower number is closer to what we’re talking about.”

The relief is expected to come through the unblocking of frozen Iranian bank accounts worldwide, where $100 billion in Iranian oil sale reserves are currently frozen.

The Israel Project (TIP) recently released an "infographic" detailing a bad deal with Iran, in which the relief of $7 billion in sanctions is detailed as part of a bad deal.

According to the infographic, that amount of relief would allow the Islamic regime to fund it's Lebanese proxy terror group Hezbollah for 35 years, its military ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) program for 21 months, or its entire war budget for 9 months.

An Israeli expert recently said that if Iran was given a bad deal leaving Israel's security at risk, an Israeli solo strike on the nuclear program would be risky and complicated, but is "within reach."