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May 8, 2015 1:00 PM

Kerry urges House to pass Iran bill without changes

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the House to pass the Senate version of the Iran nuclear bill without changes.

On Friday in Paris, Kerry called the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Thursday a "reasonable and acceptable compromise."

Speaking alongside Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Kerry noted how 150 members of Congress signed a letter supporting Obama's efforts and saying he should be able to negotiate without interference. Kerry says negotiators now must get down to the "nitty-gritty" details and hammer out an agreement.

The legislation would block President Barack Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days while lawmakers weigh in on any final deal the U.S. and five other nations can reach with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.


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