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Kerry to House: Pass Iran nuclear bill without changes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the House of Representatives not to change Iran nuclear legislation passed by the Senate.

He was referring to the bill passed overwhelmingly on Thursday and would allow Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran.

During a press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Paris on Friday, Kerry called the bill a “reasonable and acceptable compromise.”

The legislation would block President Barack Obama from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days to let lawmakers weigh in on any potential nuclear deal.

The top US diplomat noted that the US, its negotiating partners, and Iran should get down to the “nitty-gritty” details and reach a final comprehensive agreement.

Kerry also highlighted a recent letter signed by 150 members of Congress in support of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“We must allow our negotiating team the space and time necessary to build on the progress made in the political framework and turn it into a long-term, verifiable agreement,” the Democrats wrote in the letter to Obama on Thursday.

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement supporting the bill after the Senate passed it 98-1.

“This important, bipartisan legislation will ensure that Congress has a role in reviewing any potential agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” Boehner said.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries — the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany — reached a framework agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program on April 2 in Switzerland. The two sides are working to finalize a deal by the end of June.

If a final deal is reached, it would lift all international sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic in exchange for certain steps Tehran will take with regard to its nuclear program.

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