Democrats who op­posed Iran deal urge Trump to keep pact

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASHINGTON » Sev­eral con­gres­sional Democrats who split with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to op­pose the nu­clear agree­ment with Iran are now urg­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to up­hold the in­ter­na­tional ac­cord, ar­gu­ing that ro­bust en­force­ment is the best way to counter Tehran’s malign be­hav­ior in the Mid­dle East.

The re­ver­sal un­der­scores deep con­cerns among law­mak­ers that Trump will in­form Con­gress in the com­ing days that the land­mark 2015 agree­ment with Iran is con­trary to Amer­ica’s national se­cu­rity in­ter­ests. That dec­la­ra­tion could lead to an un­rav­el­ing of the seven-na­tion pact and leave the United States, not Iran, as the coun­try that balked at hon­or­ing its com­mit­ments.

Rep. Eliot En­gel, D-N.Y., who voted against the agree­ment two years ago, said at a hear­ing Wednesday U.S. in­ter­ests are best served by keep­ing the deal and ag­gres­sively polic­ing the agree­ment to en­sure Iran doesn’t vi­o­late the terms.

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