US May Ease Demands For Iran To Gut Nuclear Program08:29
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President of Iran Hassan Rouhani addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
President of Iran Hassan Rouhani addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Diplomats say the U.S. may ease up on its demands on Iran to gut its uranium enrichment program.

Diplomats say the U.S. is now considering a proposal that would allow Tehran to cut the number of operating centrifuges roughly in half — down to about 4,500.

The U.S. ideally wanted no more than 1,500 left operating.

The U.S. fears Tehran may enrich its uranium to weapons-grade level for arm nuclear warheads. Iran insists it wants to use the technology only to make reactor fuel and for other peaceful purposes.

Here & Now's Robin Young discusses the potential Iran deal and the rest of the news out of the United Nations General Assembly with MIT security expert Jim Walsh.

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This segment aired on September 26, 2014.

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