U.S. President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act into law at his desk in Oval Office at the White House in Washington

Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks before signing the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act into law at his desk in Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is gradually building support in the U.S. Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it. Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either the House of Representatives or the Senate to prevent Republicans from killing the nuclear deal announced in July. Signed by world powers and Iran, the agreement would require Tehran to abide by new limits on its nuclear program in return for western governments easing economic sanctions.

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