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Kerry seeks to ease Arab concerns over Iran deal


 Even if there's a deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear program, the United States will still help defend its Arab Gulf allies against any destabilizing actions by Iran.

   That assurance came today from Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia. He met with officials from that country and others who are concerned about Iran's suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons, and its increasing assertiveness in the region.

   Kerry told reporters at a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister that a nuclear agreement won't be part of a "grand bargain" with Iran.

   Kerry says there's been "progress" in efforts to form a framework agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the end of March. But he says there are "serious gaps that need to be resolved."

   He arrived in Saudi Arabia a day after wrapping up the latest round of Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.

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