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Jan 13, 2014 3:12 PM by Associated Press

Iran nuke deal doesn't end debate over sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - A weekend deal spelling out how Iran will roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief buttresses the Obama administration's argument Tehran may be prepared for a grand diplomatic compromise averting the potential for war.

But it has done little to sway skeptical lawmakers determined to levy new sanctions against Iran.

With world powers and Iran set to start the clock on Jan. 20 on their six-month interim agreement, a parallel showdown looms between President Barack Obama and Congress.

Obama warns adding more sanctions could kill negotiations; legislators insist they're the only way to ensure Iran keeps its word.

White House press secretary Jay Carney says this is not the time for new sanctions now that Iran is implementing the interim deal.

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