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Virginia Democratic Senator Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Photo: kaine.senate.gov) U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Photo: kaine.senate.gov)

WASHINGTON (AP/WBOC)- Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is backing the international accord with Iran.
    
The former Democratic Party chairman made the announcement on Tuesday in a speech on the Senate floor. He says the deal takes Iran's nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means.
    
He said the pact reached by the United States, Western powers and Tehran is a "dramatic improvement over the status quo" in boosting global security.

"In the negotiation, America has honored its best traditions and shown that patient diplomacy can achieve what isolation and hostility cannot," Kaine said. "For this reason, I will support it.”

Kaine is a member of the Foreign Relations and the Armed Services committees. His support is crucial to the Obama administration and its all-out campaign to secure the backing of congressional Democrats in the face of uniform Republican opposition.

Kaine said monitoring the nuclear agreement and countering Iran's non-nuclear activity will require "great diligence" by the U.S., its allies and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and there will be an important role for Congress. 

"The work will be arduous, but is far preferable to allowing Iran to return to a march toward nuclear weapons.  It is also far preferable to any other alternative, including war," Kaine said. 

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