- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s congressional delegation is offering support for the agreement reached with Iran to limits that nation’s nuclear program while lifting economic sanctions.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch issued statements after Tuesday’s announcement, saying such diplomacy is preferable to war.

Leahy says it’s unfortunate that some in Congress have opposed the nuclear deal from the beginning of negotiations. He says the lack of a deal allowed Iran to proceed on a path toward nuclear weapons development despite the economic sanctions.

Welch calls Iran a “bad actor,” and says the best posture to take toward the nation is “distrust and verify.”

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said the deal could keep the United States out of another war in the Middle East.

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