- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri’s two U.S. senators are taking opposite positions on an Iran nuclear deal.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday she will vote to support the agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration and officials from other major countries.

The agreement would require Iran to dismantle most of its nuclear program for at least a decade in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.

McCaskill said the deal isn’t perfect but the world could be worse off if the U.S. were to reject the agreement and a coalition that has been imposing sanctions were to fray.

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt said last month that he opposes the agreement. He called it a “dangerous step” in the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program that threatens the security of U.S. allies.

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