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House Defense bill calls for conditions on Iran deal

The House Armed Services Committee approved legislation that demands Iran abandon uranium enrichment and its support for terrorism in exchange for lifting sanctions.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01:  U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) (3rd L) speaks as (L-R) U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), U.S. Rep. Rob Whittman (R-VA), and U.S. Rep.  Joe Wilson (R-SC) listen during a news conference March 1, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Members of the House Armed Services Committee held a news conference on "the day that sequestration will take effect, to call for an end to repeated cuts to our national security and focus on the rea

House lawmakers put their demand that Iran abandon uranium enrichment squarely back on the table overnight amid continued congressional concern that the Barack Obama administration is being hoodwinked in its nuclear dealings with Tehran.

The House Armed Services panel passed an amendment to the annual defense bill from Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., that establishes a nonbinding "sense of Congress" that sanctions can only be lifted if Iran "ceases the enrichment of uranium," dismantles its "nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and ballistic missiles and ballistic missile launch technology" and stops "providing support for acts of international terrorism." The amendment, which passed along a party-line voice vote, was one of several aimed squarely at containing Iran following November's interim agreement with Iran.

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