More: Cardin says nuclear deal 'allows Iran to have too much of [a uranium] enrichment program that takes them too close to a nuclear program under a legal path that, with the enhanced resources, will make re-imposing sanctions less likely to be effective' - @politico
Editor's note: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is the 32nd Senate Democrat to pledge support for the Iran nuclear deal. The White House needs only 34 to support the agreement to ensure a presidential veto of any legislation to kill the deal would be upheld, Politico reports. - Stephanie
President Obama, in webcast with Jewish Federation, notes Iran defense budget is $15 billion - compared to US defense budget of $600 billion. He says Iran a regional power, not a superpower. - @markknoller
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On Nov. 24, 2013, the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached a nuclear deal with Iran, following intense negotiations that took place over several days in Geneva.
Iran and six of the world's powers agreed on a "first step deal” that is meant to limit advancements in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some of the economic sanctions that have deeply hurt Iran's economy.
According to the White House, the deal stipulates that Iran will commit to halt uranium enrichment above 5 percent and also to neutralize its stockpile of near-20 percent enriched uranium. The Islamic Republic has also committed to halt progress on its enrichment capacity. Iran will also halt work at its plutonium reactor and provide access to nuclear inspectors. - NBC News