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Sen. Claire McCaskill to back Iranian nuclear deal

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Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Thursday morning she’ll back the proposed Iranian nuclear deal.

Her announcement ends weeks of speculation as to what she’d do. Her support had been regarded as crucial to getting the deal done as several key Democrats had said they’ll oppose the deal in recent days.

In a statement, the Democrat said the deal wasn’t perfect “and no one trusts Iran, but it has become clear to me that the world is united behind this agreement with the exception...of Israel.”

Here’s her statement:

"I've spent weeks digging into the details of this agreement. And I've had extensive conversations with both those countries who are part of the negotiated agreement, and those countries currently holding Iran's sanctioned money.

“It is clear to me that there is no certainty that Iran's resources will be withheld from them if America rejects the agreement. Instead, I believe it likely that the sanctions regime would fray and nothing would be worse than Iran getting an influx of resources without any agreement in place to limit their ability to get a nuclear weapon.

“This deal isn't perfect and no one trusts Iran, but it has become clear to me that the world is united behind this agreement with the exception of the government of Israel. I respect and understand those who oppose it but I have become convinced that it is more dangerous to Israel, America and our allies to walk away in the face of unified world-wide support."

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