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Kerry, Republican senators face off on Iran deal

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The US Congress began the 60-day review process on Monday to decide whether to approve the deal between Iran and 6 major powers, including the United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry has sought understanding from lawmakers for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Republican senators harshly criticized the deal.

The US Congress began the 60-day review process on Monday to decide whether to approve the deal between Iran and 6 major powers, including the United States.

Kerry spoke at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

He said that under the agreement, Iran would get rid of 98 percent of its enriched uranium stockpile. He said the deal will provide a more comprehensive and more lasting means of limiting Tehran's nuclear program. He said this is a good deal for the United States and its Middle Eastern allies.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio criticized the agreement. He said it would remove the arms embargo imposed on Iran and allow Tehran to obtain massive amounts of money. He said this would pose a direct threat to the US and its allies and make the world more dangerous.

The Republican Party says it will not approve the agreement.

A pro-Israel lobby group which opposes the deal has been calling on lawmakers not to approve it.