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Lawmakers and Israel remain skeptical on Iran nuclear deal

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It took ten years of negotiations to get to this point, and now there’s a deal with Iran over its 'nuclear program.'

However, critics are calling it a dangerous setback instead of a success and Israel, which views the Iranian regime as an existential threat, is also voicing serious concerns.

A group of top senators from both parties vowed Sunday to impose more sanctions on the isolated Middle East country.

“A nuclear weapons-capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability," the group said. “We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation as soon as possible.”

The group of 15 senators included Democrats Ben Cardin of Maryland and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, as well as Republicans Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Cornyn of Texas.

Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that Iran was celebrating because its deal overnight with the U.S. and the five other world powers allows it to continue to enrich uranium while getting billions in crippling sanctions lifted.

“They’re spiking the ball in the end zone,” Corker said.

The temporary deal lifts the crippling economic sanctions that have decimated the Iranian economy in exchange for Iran dialing back its nuclear weapons program.

The President defends the agreement, saying it's the first step toward making sure Iran will not be able to build nuclear weapons.

`'Simply put, they cut off Iran's most likely paths to a bomb," he told reporters in Washington.

But Rep. Peter King has his doubts.

“I think the president's intentions are good, but misguided” He said.

There are already signs the deal could be on shaky ground.

Tensions remain high between Iran and Israel, with Israel vowing to do whatever is necessary to make sure Iran cannot build nuclear weapons.

In a nationally broadcast speech, Iranian President Rouhani said the accord recognizes Iran's "nuclear rights" even if that precise language was kept from the final document because of Western resistance.

"No matter what interpretations are given, Iran's right to enrichment has been recognized,"

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who led his country's delegation, called on both sides to see the agreement as an `'opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis and open new horizons."

The White House said President Barack Obama had phoned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the tentative deal with Iran, with the two leaders reaffirming "their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Obama told Netanyahu that he understands Israel "has good reason to be skeptical about Iran's intentions," but promised to "consult closely" with its ally regarding efforts to negotiate a comprehensive solution that would "resolve the international community's concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program," according to a statement released by the office of the White House press secretary.

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