US House in symbolic rejection of Iran nuclear deal

Protesters hold up a placard during a Tea Party rally against the international nuclear agreement with Iran outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on September 9, 2015The Republican-led US House of Representatives on Friday rejected the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, in a purely symbolic vote held a day after the Senate cleared the way for the accord to come into force. Only 162 lawmakers voted in favour of a resolution endorsing the contested agreement struck on July 14 between six world powers and Iran, while 269 voted against. The chamber’s Republicans were united in voting against the deal, which has run into powerful domestic opposition, with 25 of the 188 Democrats breaking allegiance with President Barack Obama to vote against it.

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