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US House leader concerned about Iran nuclear deal

April 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives says he’s concerned about an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran and says he wants Congress to review details of any pact before sanctions are lifted.

In a written statement, Republican Speaker John Boehner says his visit to the Middle East this week leaves him worried about Iran’s efforts to spread terrorism. He says it would be naive to think Tehran won’t use its nuclear program and any easing of economic sanctions “to further destabilize the region.”

Boehner said Thursday’s outline of a deal was “an alarming departure” from the White House’s original goals.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith says President Barack Obama has spoken to the speaker, but Smith declined to provide further details.

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