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Top military leader says deal helps keep Iran from atomic weapon

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's top military leader says the nuclear deal with Iran will help keep that country from getting an atomic weapon -- but he says it doesn't address other concerns about Tehran's activities in the region.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Senate panel that those activities range from weapons trafficking to cyber-attacks. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said only "time and Iranian behavior" will determine if the nuclear deal is "effective and sustainable."

Dempsey said he will continue to provide President Barack Obama with military options and will advise against reducing the U.S. military's presence in the Middle East.

He testified today along with Secretary of State John Kerry and three other Cabinet members. Obama and his allies are making the case that the Iran deal is the best possible way to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon.

Republican senators say they're being asked to vote on the deal without seeing verification documents being separately negotiated by international nuclear inspectors. Republican Sen. John McCain says that's "absolutely astounding." He says Iran has a "clear record of cheating."

Kerry said there are no side nor secret agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency -- and that they are technical documents that are standard practice and not released publicly.

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