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Arkansas lawmakers criticize Iran nuclear deal

(Joe Klamar/Pool Photo via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' Republican congressional delegation is roundly criticizing a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, with freshman Sen. Tom Cotton calling the agreement a "grievous, dangerous mistake."

Cotton and Sen. John Boozman criticized the deal announced Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.

Cotton said in a statement that the deal, if approved, would represent a historic defeat for the United States. Boozman said the deal gives him little confidence that the U.S. will ensure Iran never becomes a nuclear power.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said voting against the deal would be an easy choice if the terms reported Tuesday are true. Rep. Steve Womack said the agreement is increasing Iran's ability to support violent extremists worldwide.

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