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White House encouraged by latest Senate support for Iran deal

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 00:54

U.S. President Barack Obama secures the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran. Jennifer Davis reports.

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U.S. Senator from Maryland Barbara Mikulski sealed the Iran deal for President Obama. On Wednesday, she became the 34th Democratic senator to announce her support, calling it the best option to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. U.S. lawmakers have until Sept. 17 to vote on a resolution that would weaken the Iran deal by getting rid of Obama's ability to temporarily waive many U.S. sanctions on Iran. The White House said it was encouraged by the latest tally and Secretary of State John Kerry, who negotiated the landmark agreement, said the deal holds Iran accountable. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We're telling Iran that it can't have a nuclear weapon, period." Republicans in Congress had promised to block the deal, but it now appears they lack the votes to stop a nuclear deal with Iran from being implemented. Still House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement saying this deal is far from being implemented.

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White House encouraged by latest Senate support for Iran deal

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 - 00:54