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Obama declares Iran deal "important first step"

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says a nuclear deal with Iran is an "important first step" toward addressing the world's concerns over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program.
   Obama says the deal includes "substantial limitations" on Iran and cuts off the Islamic republic's most likely path to a bomb.
   Obama spoke Saturday night shortly after the U.S. and five partners reached an interim nuclear deal with Iran. The agreement was finalized during talks in Geneva that stretched well past midnight.
   One influential member of Congress is critical. Rep. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the United States is "relieving Iran of the sanctions pressure" while allowing Tehran to "keep the key elements of its nuclear weapons-making capacity."