Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Pact, Urges No New Sanctions

Law360, Washington (December 10, 2013, 5:58 PM EST) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday strongly defended the Obama administration's recent preliminary pact with Iran providing limited relief from financial sanctions in exchange for concessions on its nuclear program, despite heavy opposition from lawmakers.

Speaking at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Kerry faced almost universal opposition to the deal — a six-month agreement, reached in November after talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of the U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. — from committee members.

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