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Obama secures enough support from senators for Iran deal

September 2, 2015 6:30 pm

US President Barack Obama has secured enough support in the US Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will go into effect.

Democrat Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th senator to back the deal on Wednesday.

US Congress could still oppose the deal, but Mr Obama has now enough votes to override any resolution of disapproval.

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He has said the deal cuts off “every pathway to a nuclear weapon” for Iran.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime,” said Ms Mikulski in a statement. “I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb.”

Republicans have been unified in their opposition to the Iran accord, saying the deal would only “embolden” Iran.

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