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Obama Says House Vote On Iran Deal Sign Of Growing Support

U.S. President Barack Obama says the House of Representatives' vote on the Iran nuclear deal is an indication of increasing support for the agreement signed in July between Tehran and major world powers.

Obama said in a statement on September 11: "Today's vote in the House of Representatives is the latest indication that the more members have studied the historic deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, the more they have come out in support of it."

The House voted 162-269 against the deal on September 11, after two days of debate.

The vote is largely symbolic because the White House won enough support from Senate Democrats to prevent the vote from derailing the agreement.

Senate Democrats voted on September 10 to uphold the nuclear deal, overcoming heavy Republican opposition.

The deal between Iran and six world powers -- China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States -- limits Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa