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Divided reaction from Arizona lawmakers on Iran nuclear pact

WASHINGTON — Arizona lawmakers are split over a White House deal aimed at keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, calling it everything from a promising step toward peace to a step down a “disgraceful path” with an enemy.

President Barack Obama on Thursday said the deal between Iran, the U.S. and several other countries is a “historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

Under the terms of the deal, which still needs congressional approval, Iran would reduce its stockpiles of uranium, cut the number of centrifuges that could produce uranium by two-thirds and agree to allow international inspections and access to its nuclear facilities, among other measures.