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Blumenthal to support the Iran nuclear deal

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CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he will support Iran deal. He said it supports diplomacy. (WFSB) CT Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he will support Iran deal. He said it supports diplomacy. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he will support the nuclear deal with Iran.

Blumenthal says the agreement "using diplomacy, not military force, is the best path now available to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran."

“I will vote to support the proposed agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear program and against the resolution of disapproval before the Senate. My two paramount goals have been to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and do so by peaceful means," Blumenthal said on Tuesday.

With 39 Democratic and Independent senators backing it, the deal already has the necessary votes in the Senate to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a resolution of disapproval.

Many democrats and republicans have been strongly against it, and the American Jewish Congress said in a statement "While we agree with Senator Blumenthal that a better deal should have been reached, at the end of the day, we disagree that this deal is better than no deal."

Blumenthal says in remarks Tuesday that he'll propose legislation with Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland to ensure that sanctions can be snapped back into place if Iran cheats, will provide enhanced security for Israel and improve oversight of the agreement.

Steve Ginsberg, of the state's Anti-Defamation League recently met with Blumenthal and urged congress to vote against the deal.

"They have been known to be anti-Semitic war mongers at times, not a good faith partner," Ginsberg said.

Cardin has joined Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, along with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, in opposing the agreement.

To read his full statement, click here

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