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Wed Nov 12, 2014, 11:08 PM


U.S. Lawmakers Take Hard Line On Prospective Iran Deal


Nov 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. senators behind a tough sanctions bill against Iran said on Wednesday they would push for more penalties against Tehran if they are unhappy with any nuclear deal, signaling a potential battle with the Obama administration less than two weeks before the deadline for an agreement.

New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez and Illinois Republican Mark Kirk said a "good deal" would require strict limits on nuclear-related research, development and procurement and a robust inspection regime for decades in Iran.

It would "dismantle, not just stall" Iran's nuclear program, they said.

"If a potential deal does not achieve these goals, we will work with our colleagues in Congress to act decisively, as we have in the past," Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Kirk said in a statement issued on the first day lawmakers returned from a seven-week election recess.

Read more: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/11/12/iran-nuclear-congress-idINL2N0T224Q20141112

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