Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Araghchi and Fereydoon stand on the balcony of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in Vienna

Iran pushes nuclear deal as U.S. lawmaker aims to stop it

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Araghchi and Fereydoon stand on the balcony of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in ViennaBy Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nouri and Richard Cowan DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran’s pragmatist government tried on Wednesday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a U.S. Congressional leader promised to do “everything possible” to sink the deal. With both Tehran and Washington facing stiff opposition to the accord, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Saudi Arabia in the hope of reassuring leaders there who fear their arch-rival Iran will make major mischief in the region. Last week’s agreement was a big success for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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