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Senior Iranian body of clerics and officials approves nuclear deal in final required step

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani, center, speaks with lawmakers in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani, center, speaks with lawmakers in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani, center, speaks with lawmakers in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani, center, speaks with lawmakers in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, center, ends his speech in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, center, ends his speech in an open session of parliament while discussing a bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran. Iran's parliament voted Tuesday to support implementing a landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers despite hard-line attempts to derail the bill, suggesting the historic accord will be carried out. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)  (The Associated Press)

A senior council of clerics and officials in Iran has approved implementing the landmark nuclear deal with the West, sealing the final required step in the process despite hard-liners' efforts to derail it.

State TV says the Guardian Council, one of the top leadership bodies in Iran's cleric-ruled system, gave final approval to a bill passed by parliament to implement the deal. The 12-member council must sign off on all bills before they become law.

Hard-line lawmakers had sought to prevent its approval in the legislature on Tuesday.

The deal, reached in July, imposes limitations on Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting of sanctions. The law passed by parliament allows Iran to withdraw from the agreement if world powers do not lift sanctions, re-impose them or impose new ones.