Pentagon chief Carter not offering new arms deal to Israel

But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter left for Tel Aviv on Sunday to push ahead with talks on ways the U.S. can further improve Israel's security — not just with Iranian threats in mind, but an array of other challenges, including cyberdefense and maritime security.

US vows to defend Arab allies as it seeks Iran deal support

After his first Cabinet-level meeting with a Mideast partner since Tuesday's accord, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. and its Arab partners in the Persian Gulf were "committed to working together to push back against any extremist enterprises, including the activities of Iran in the region." But his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, stopped short of endorsing the nuclear accord and said his country still has questions.

VIDEO: UK Foreign Secretary comments on Iran deal

Hammond defended the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers saying it would ensure peace in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel isn't bound by the deal with Iran brokered by the United States and would continue to oppose it.

House Dem leader Pelosi backs Iran nuclear deal

Pelosi expressed her backing for the accord at a news conference Thursday morning on Capitol Hill.

The Obama administration has launched a full-court press to win over skeptical Democrats in Congress, and Pelosi's support is a key gain.

By law, the administration must submit the deal to Congress, which has 60 days to review the pact and vote to approve, disapprove or remain silent.

VIDEO: Iran deal makes the world more secure - Obama

During a speech at the White House he added the "alternative" would "endanger the security of the United States.

Under the agreement reached in Vienna on Tuesday, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activity in return for sanctions relief.

The US Congress has 60 days to review the agreement, and House and Senate leaders have already signalled that they think Obama made too many concessions.

Obama defends Iran deal as only option to avert arms race

A day after the U.S., Iran and world powers announced the deal, Obama said the U.S. faces a "fundamental choice" about whether to embrace the opportunity to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue peacefully. His remarks in a White House news conference appeared aimed squarely at Congress, where lawmakers are discussing legislation to try to stop the deal's implementation.

"I expect the debate to be robust, and that's how it should be," Obama said, imploring lawmakers who are skeptical of the deal to "remember the alternative."

Israeli premier criticizes Iran deal; his rival to lobby US

Netanyahu's war of words came as his political rival, Isaac Herzog, announced he would go to the U.S. to lobby for a compensation package to insure Israel's military advantage in the region.

Herzog's trip reflects the broad opposition to the deal in Israel, where most politicians fear the deal will fail to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons while strengthening the Islamic Republic's support for Israel's staunchest enemies.

Israeli leader says his country not bound by Iran nuke deal

Benjamin Netanyahu has been a leading opponent of the deal since its contours were announced earlier this year and conciliatory statements by both the United States and Iranian leaders did nothing to change his sentiment.

Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the agreement would lift painful economic sanctions against Iran — bringing in a much needed influx of funds — without stopping it from developing a capacity to prevent nuclear weapons.

VIDEO: Iran deal meets US bottom lines - Obama

"Every pathway to nuclear weapon is cut off," he said.

VIDEO: Kerry outlines details of Iran deal

Kerry, who did most of the bargaining with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced that "Iran will not produce or acquire either highly enriched uranium or weapons grade plutonium for at least the next 15 years".

The nearly 100-page accord announced on Tuesday aims to keep Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites.