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Top Democratic senator opposes reentering Iran deal under previous terms

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21.11.2020

Democratic US Senator Chris Coons has said he will not support reentering the Iran nuclear deal without agreed limitations on Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its support for belligerent proxy groups throughout the Middle East.

Coons, seen as a potential pick for secretary of state in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, told Reuters the deal would “need a path forward for limits on their missile program and their support for proxies before I would support reentering the [accord]. These need to happen at the same time.”

Biden has said he would seek to reenter the 2015 deal that US President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018.

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As Biden prepares to enter office in January, recent days have seen representatives of several Mideast nations voice their opposition to an American return to the deal in its previous form.

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said Monday that it would be a “mistake” for the incoming administration to reenter the accord. US President-elect Joe Biden smiles as he speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 10, 2020 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

“I think it would be a mistake and hopefully he will look at the Middle East as it is, he will see the benefits of [the normalization] process, of how he can continue that process, and I think to not go back into the same deal,” Dermer said during a panel with his Emirati and Bahraini counterparts in Washington.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani on Wednesday also urged the incoming administration to consult........

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