US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention Center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN
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U.S. President Barack Obama expressed optimism Saturday that major world powers and Iran could finalize a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program despite strong words this week from the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Obama downplayed Khamenei's demands that a final deal result in an end to all sanctions on Iran, telling reporters at the Americas summit in Panama that Khamenei and others in Iran were addressing their own internal politics. Obama said he has talked to the top Republican and Democratic senators on the Senate Foreign Relations committee about the role for the U.S. Congress in assessing the final deal.
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