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Topic - Tony Blinken
President Obama's deputy national security adviser on Monday defended the new interim deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, saying that the United States will "continue to confront" the Islamic Republic and that pressure on the country is "not going away."
The White House said Monday it will "take a hard look" at Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control, but questioned whether Syria would comply.
Facing overwhelming opposition from the public and fears in Congress that he lacks a sound military plan, President Obama backed away Monday night from his proposed missile strike against Syria and said he would pursue a Russian proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. returned to Iraq on Monday to mark the formal end to U.S. combat operations and to push the country's leaders to end a six-month stalemate blocking the formation of a new government.
"Because it's complicated, because it takes time, we wanted to make sure that Iran couldn't use that time to advance its program," Mr. Blinken said. "This stops the program in its tracks, rolls it back — gives us time to see if we can negotiate a comprehensive deal."
He said the United States shares Israel's goals and will object to Iranian actions that "are a problem for us," but the allies differ over tactics.