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Obama officials questioned on Iran nuclear deal

Published 23/07/2015

Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew walks through the US Capitol (AP)
Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew walks through the US Capitol (AP)

Three top officials in Barack Obama's administration are facing tough questions from Senators on the Iranian nuclear deal.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are being questioned by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the deal stuck last week, which has since been unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council.

Committee members will ask the trio about the inspection provisions in the agreement, which calls on Iran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions stifling its economy.

They will also want to know what Iran will do with the billions it will receive in sanctions relief. And they will press the administration officials on the military aspects of Iran's nuclear programme.

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