Nightly News   |  November 22, 2013

Kerry aims to clinch deal with Iran during Geneva trip

Sources tell NBC News negotiators are very close to a deal to temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program, an agreement they may be ready to announce as early as Saturday. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> just before the break we mentioned a flurry of acsift on iran . there is late word that secretary of state john kerry is flying to geneva tonight, and that could mean a deal is close on iran . our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has more from our washington bureau. andrea?

>> reporter: good evening, brian. the secretary of state is flying to geneva tonight because negotiators there are very close to a deal to temporarily freeze iran's nuclear program , an agreement they may be ready to announce within theext 24 hours . after stopping to pay his respects at john f. kennedy 's burial site, kerry is flying overnight to join the other foreign ministers assembling in geneva . diplomatic sources there tell meet u.s. and the other countries have agreed to give iran as much as $7 billion in sanctions relief. in exchange, iran would lower the level of its uranium enrichment to well below bomb grade and stop production on a separate plutonium plant, but it would not destroy its nuclear equipment. and israel and many leading senators in both parties oppose this deal, arguing against any reduction in sanctions until iran not only freezes but dismantles its nuclear program . but the white house believes this is a critical window to test whether iran 's new president rue haney is really serious about giving up any ambitions for nuclear weapons . brian?

>> andrea, thanks. andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom on this friday night.