Sunday, August 23, 2015

N.Y. Lawmaker Nadler in Most-Jewish District Backs Iran Deal 

A key Democratic congressman said Friday he is backing the nuclear deal with Iran after President Barack Obama wrote him a personal letter saying the U.S. has options to curb Iran if it violates the agreement.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, said in a statement he will support the deal. Nadler, who wrote an opinion piece on his reservations for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, said the Aug. 19 letter from Obama allayed his worries.

“Although we know that Iran will remain a major menace to the region and the world, even without nuclear weapons, a nuclear armed Iran would represent an unacceptable threat to the United States, to Israel, and to global security,” Nadler said in the statement. After studying the pact and the arguments from all sides, he concluded that the deal “gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Accordingly, I will support the agreement and vote against a Resolution of Disapproval.”


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