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Faso cheers Iran deal-breaking

May 09, 2018 12:15 pm
Local Congressperson John Faso (R-Kinderhook), was the only local representative on board with President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will leave the nuclear deal with Iran. Senator Chuck Schumer said, "There are no reports that Iran has violated the agreement.... To me, the greatest worries from Iran are not right now (on) the nuclear side, but rather what they're doing in Syria." Faso agreed with Schumer on Syria, but not about leaving the deal. “This agreement was flawed from the start. Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, and this behavior has not been altered following engagement with the United States and the other parties to the agreement. Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East have resulted in brutal carnage in Syria," Faso's statement said. "They continue to develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction. And they continue to call for the destruction of the state of Israel. Until Iran decides to abandon its malign activities, the U.S. has no choice but to restore economic sanctions and withdraw from this deal.” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand disagreed. "Leaving the Iran Deal costs our country the ability to maintain a coalition to hold Iran accountable; and it severely undermines our country’s credibility. It’s especially troubling as the Trump Administration prepares to negotiate with North Korea," she Tweeted. "It took years of coordinated international sanctions, coupled with diplomacy, to reach this deal. It's a mistake to think we can simply restart this process with a clean slate. I hope that other parties in the deal continue to abide by it, and I urge the president to reconsider."