5 Democratic presidential candidates say they would rejoin Iran deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference regarding the separation of immigrant children at the U.S. Capitol, July 10, 2018. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Five Democratic presidential candidates said they would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal that President Donald Trump abandoned last year.

Al-Monitor, a Middle East news site, solicited the Democratic candidates about whether they would rejoin the deal. The five who said they would are Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California; Wayne Messam, a South Florida mayor; and Marianne Williamson, a New Age writer. Sanders and Williamson are Jewish.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said it was too early to say, and another 10 candidates did not reply. Al-Monitor noted that former Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his candidacy soon, sharply criticized Trump last year when he withdrew from the deal.

The deal, forged in 2015 between Iran and five major powers, is still in effect, as the other parties — Russia, China, Britain and Germany — have resisted Trump administration to also pull out of the deal, which trades sanctions relief for Iran’s rollback of its nuclear program. The Trump administration has reimposed sanctions on entities dealing with Iran.

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Trump, backed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the deal did not adequately address the dangers Iran posed to the region.