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5 concessions that could sink an Iran nuclear deal

The Obama administration has said consistently for two years that it wants to reach an agreement that ensures Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful and can never be used to develop a nuclear weapon.

But the administration has made a series of concessions, almost from the start, that have the potential to thwart the basic goal of the talks, even if an agreement is reached. Those concessions have contributed to a wide gap in public opinion, with majorities of voters telling pollsters they support the idea of reaching a deal but are also skeptical that any agreement will meet its goal. This view is reflected in the concerns of a bipartisan majority of lawmakers.

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"The administration's deadlines and redlines with Iran are all moving in the wrong direction, and the backpedaling is a major threat to our security. Achieving a nuclear deal at all costs is not only short-sighted, it is dangerous," House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said Wednesday.

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