A handout picture released by the official website of the Centre for Preserving and Publishing the Works of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him speaking during a ceremony in Tehran on November 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/KHAMENEI.IR
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The extension of nuclear talks with Iran will likely prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and U.S. Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.With hawkish lawmakers eager to pass new sanctions through Congress to prod the Islamic Republic into a lasting deal that prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, experts warned that attempts to impose economic penalties could rip apart the delicate negotiation process. Iran and world powers agreed to extend terms of an interim deal – which include limited sanctions relief – for another seven months as they work toward a final accord, and President Barack Obama has largely been given a free hand by Congress to deal with Tehran over the past year. Obama would likely veto any sanctions during the negotiating period.
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