Don't interfere with Iran talks, Kerry urges Congress

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the press at the State Department in Washington, DC on April 8, 2015Secretary of State John Kerry will this week defend an emerging deal intended to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, urging skeptical US lawmakers not to put up obstacles that could scupper the tough negotiations. “I’ll lay out the facts,” Kerry told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday when asked about a different narrative emerging from Iranian leaders about the outlines of a deal agreed in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this month. The Lausanne framework marked a major breakthrough in a 12-year standoff between Iran and the West, which disputes Tehran’s denial that it is seeking to acquire nuclear bomb. Global powers must resolve a series of difficult technical issues by a June 30 deadline for a final deal, including the steps for lifting global sanctions imposed on Iran, and lingering questions over the possible military dimensions of its nuclear program.

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