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W.Va. Senators Unsure If They Will Support Iran Nuclear Deal

Manchin / Capito

The U.S. and five of its allies have reached a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The deal will limit the country’s ability to enrich uranium and opens Iran up to international inspections.

The agreement was reached by diplomats from seven countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in the hopes of preventing Iran from enriching enough uranium to create a nuclear weapon, but the deal will still have to receive approval from Congress before taking effect.

Economic sanctions against Iran would be phased out as part of the deal, but West Virginia’s Senatorial delegation is hesitant to say if they will support the agreement.

West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito neither supported nor spoke against the agreement Tuesday, only saying in a written statement she “looked forward to reviewing” the details of the deal.

“The devil is in the details,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “To say that I support something or I totally oppose something right now would be totally premature.”

Manchin expects Congress to take up the deal in September.