Bernie Sanders hails Iran pact as 'a victory for diplomacy'

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump thought biker rally crowd would resemble ‘I Have a Dream’ speech Sanders supporter challenges Wyo. delegate allocation Snowden mocks Trump for refusing to debate Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) praised the administration on Tuesday for reaching a final deal on Iran's nuclear program, calling it "a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling."

“I congratulate President Obama, Secretary [John] Kerry and the leaders of other major nations for producing a comprehensive agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Sanders, who is running for president, said in a statement, adding that the deal "could keep the United States from being drawn into another never-ending war in the Middle East."

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Negotiators from seven countries, including the United States and Iran, on Tuesday announced a final deal that will swap sanctions relief for restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

Like many of his Democratic colleagues, Sanders added that he looks forward to reviewing the bill "to make sure that it is effective and strong." 

Once the administration hands over the text of the agreement to lawmakers, they'll have 60 days to vote on a resolution to approve or disapprove the deal, or do nothing. 

Sanders's 2016 competitor, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWeld wins Libertarian nomination for VP Sanders supporter challenges Wyo. delegate allocation Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals MORE, also cautiously offered support for the deal on Tuesday. 

"This is an important step in putting a lid on Iran's nuclear program," Clinton told reporters.

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