U.S. Secretary of State says he's optimistic about an Iran nuclear deal as Iran's president Rouhani focuses on sanctions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with his G7 counterparts in Germany he sounds an optimistic note that U.S. President Barack Obama can negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran. This comes a day after Obama agreed that Congress should have the power to review any deal with Iran, bowing to pressure from Republicans and some in his own Democratic party. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "Yesterday, there was a compromise reached in Washington regarding congressional input. We are confident about our ability for the president to negotiate an agreement and to do so, with the ability to make the world safer." In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani underscored the need for sanctions to be lifted as part of the deal. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, HASSAN ROUHANI, SAYING: "The world must know, 5+1 must know, the American Senate, Congress, the American President and government must know that if the end of the sanctions isn't in this deal, there will be no deal." A combination of U.S. and EU sanctions have cut Iran's oil exports by 60 percent since they were imposed in early 2012.