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US lawmakers grill Kerry on aspects of Iran nuclear talks

February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry about sensitive nuclear talks with Iran, saying Tehran is stonewalling international inspectors about its past work on an atomic bomb.

Rep. Ed Royce told Kerry at a hearing on Wednesday that the committee has serious concerns about the direction of the talks.

Kerry agreed that Royce’s questions were legitimate and that Iran must answer them if it wants to have an agreement with the U.S. and its partners on a deal to curb its nuclear program.

At the same time, Kerry said that it’s not appropriate to condemn what is in an agreement before anybody knows what it is — or if there even will be a deal.

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