Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress

Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in TehranBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of the international nuclear agreement with Iran moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact. Senators Bob Casey and Chris Coons, known as Iran hard-liners, both said they backed the agreement announced on July 14 between the United States, five other world powers and Tehran. Altogether 31 Senate Democrats and two independents who vote with them now support the deal, a potential legacy foreign policy achievement for Democratic President Barack Obama.

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