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Obama To Hold News Conference On Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks Tuesday after a deal was reached with Iran on its nuclear program. Obama will discuss the deal at a news conference today.
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President Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks Tuesday after a deal was reached with Iran on its nuclear program. Obama will discuss the deal at a news conference today.

President Obama will hold a news conference this afternoon on the historic nuclear agreement with Iran.

The news conference comes a day after the U.S. and five other world powers struck a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

Obama urged Congress Tuesday to support the deal, saying the agreement cuts off all the pathways the Islamic republic has toward a nuclear weapon. He said the alternative to the deal was to leave Iran closer to becoming a nuclear power, making military confrontation with the country more likely.

"We give up nothing by testing whether or not this problem can be solved peacefully," Obama said in remarks Tuesday.

But the agreement faces deep skepticism in Congress, which has 60 days to debate the deal, as well as among U.S. allies in the Middle East, especially Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR today: "I think this deal gives Iran a path to a nuclear arsenal, and I think it gives them hundreds of billions of dollars right away with which to pursue their aggression and terror against us and against the United States and the world."

You can watch Obama's news conference here, and we'll update this post with comments as the president makes them.

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