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U.S. senators urge Obama to be tough on Iran nuclear program

Obama meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As talks on a nuclear deal for Iran resumed in Vienna Tuesday, a wide majority of U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama to insist that any final agreement state that Iran “has no inherent right to enrichment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.” That lack of entitlement was one of several principles the 83 senators outlined in the letter. They urged Obama to “insist upon their realization in a final agreement” that six world powers and Iran are hoping to hammer out by late July. The senators also want to prevent Iran from ever having the capacity to build nuclear weapons. The initiative in the 100-member chamber was spearheaded by Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and the chairman of the foreign relations committee, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

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