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By Eun Kyung Kim

The historic nuclear deal the United States reached with Iran is akin to throwing a "can of gasoline" on a fire, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday on TODAY.

"A fantasy is to believe this deal will not lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East," the South Carolina senator and Republican White House hopeful told Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist.

"This is a terrible deal. Anybody could have done better. You have taken a can of gasoline and thrown it on a fire," Graham said.

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The United States and other world powers reached a deal Tuesday with Iran that is aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In return, economic sanctions that have isolated Iran would be lifted.

The deal has drawn fierce criticism from Graham and other congressional critics, as well as U.S. allies in Israel and other Middle Eastern nations.

President Obama has said he would veto any legislation that prevents the deal’s implementation.

But despite the veto threat, Graham believes he can find the votes in Congress to scupper deal.

"There are a lot of Democrats who say they support Israel, this is your chance."