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John Kerry defends Iran nuclear deal

Clashes with congressional panel over pact

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a US pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium. The disagreement could have broad consequences for the US diplomatic effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

In his first congressional testimony since last month’s Geneva agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the diplomacy as having halted and rolled back central elements of Iran’s nuclear program for the first time. He pleaded with Democrats and Republicans alike not to scuttle the chances of a peaceful resolution to a crisis that has regularly featured US and Israeli threats of potential military action.

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