- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is blasting a preliminary nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and other world powers saying Iran will be allowed to “keep vast capabilities to make nuclear weapons.”

Kirk is one of the most vocal U.S. senators pushing for tougher sanctions against Iran, aimed at curtailing the country’s nuclear program.

In a statement Thursday he said the U.S. and its international partners will “dismantle the sanctions regime against Iran.”

The deal announced Thursday between Iran and six other world powers outlines limits on Iran’s nuclear program so it cannot lead to atomic weapons. Negotiators now have to take that deal and shape it into a final accord by the end of June.

The agreement announced Thursday says “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

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