US Secretary of State Kerry checks opening remarks before appearing at Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington

Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning 'fantasy,' urges approval

US Secretary of State Kerry checks opening remarks before appearing at Senate Foreign Relations Committee in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply “bomb away” Tehran’s atomic know-how. Testifying before Congress for the first time since world powers reached the landmark accord with Iran last week, America’s top diplomat was confronted head-on by Republican accusations that Iranian negotiators had “fleeced” and “bamboozled” him. The vitriolic exchanges on Capitol Hill reflected a hardening of positions as Congress opened a 60-day review of the deal considered crucial to its fate.

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