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Larijani Expects Heated Debate On Iran Nuclear Deal

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani (file photo)

The speaker of Iran's parliament says he expects a heated debate among Iranian lawmakers on the nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

Ali Larijani predicted that Iran's debate would be even more dramatic than the one now taking place in the U.S. Congress because of opposition from some members.

Larijani, in New York for a UN gathering of parliamentary speakers, said a committee had been established in the Majlis, Iran's parliament, to assess the deal.

A senior Iranian lawmaker told reporters that the committee would reach a decision within weeks, with a parliamentary vote in around a month.

Larijani said he personally considered the agreement good. But he cautioned that there was some stiff opposition to the deal, under which sanctions on Iran will be lifted gradually in exchange for at least a decade of curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

Earlier, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said world powers must lift international sanctions and not merely suspend them.

Iran will only see sanctions relief if it complies with the nuclear deal, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said later on September 3.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters