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Experts Warn Congress Against Exiting Iran Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen
25th October 2017 - Quoted by Tim Ryan - Courthouse News

Voicing concern about the Trump administration’s recent move to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, experts told Congress on Wednesday that there are steps America can take to counter Iran’s threats without backing away from the controversial deal.

The three experts who testified this morning before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa varied in their support for the nuclear agreement, but all agreed that the United States can do more to combat Iranian threats unrelated to the basic points of the deal, such as its sponsoring of foreign terrorism.

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But Republicans saw the Trump administration’s move as a way to extract more concessions from Iran, including granting international inspectors greater access to Iranian military sites. Olli Heinonen, the senior adviser on science and nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, stressed the need for greater access throughout his testimony at the hearing Wednesday.

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