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Obama says deal offers opportunity for ‘new direction’ in Iran ties

obamaUS President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the nuclear deal with Iran offered a chance to move in a “new direction” in relations with Tehran, but promised a skeptical Israel that Washington would not abandon it.

“Our differences are real. The difficult history between the nations cannot be ignored. It is possible to change,” Obama said. “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it.”

The US president nevertheless promised to “continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel’s security, efforts that go beyond what any administration has done before.”

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