Washington and Tehran are closer to reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.  The deal is the first step towards a larger deal that may ease the international communities concerns over Iran's disputed program and the crippling economic sanctions on Iran's economy.

A deal seemed close in the last round of talks in Geneva, but the leaders left without agreement. The U.S. and the so-called group of P5+1 countries – the U.S., Russia, China, the U.K., France, and Germany - will meet again with Iran on next week again in Geneva for talks that are expected to continue for two days.  France's diplomats have put up the most resistance to the latest proposals.

At a press conference on Friday, U.S. officials said, "There are alternatives to a diplomatic solution and some would argue for them. In our view, military conflict or Iran's nuclear program moving forward unchecked are both less effective and costlier. So what we're trying to do here is precisely avoid both of those outcomes."

An agreement between will be a historic gesture and could open more dialogue between Iran and the U.S. since the U.S. severed ties with Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution.  That worries Israel and Saudi Arabia, both who are fighting for regional hegemony with Iran.

Back in the U.S., the Obama administration has also been trying to get Congress on board with the diplomacy in Geneva. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Congress not to impose more sanctions on Iran for fear they could destabilize talks.

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