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Obama takes on critics of Iran deal, praises diplomacy

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By Jeff Mason

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took on critics of a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran on Monday by saying their tough talk was good for politics but not for U.S. security.

Top Republicans - as well as U.S. ally Israel - have criticized Obama for agreeing to the deal and some Democrats, who tend to more hawkish about Iran than Obama's administration, have been skeptical about it.

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