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Congressman Peter Welch weighs in on Iranian nuclear deal

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It has been one week since the announcement of a deal on Iran's nuclear program. However skepticism remains high that the Iranians will hold up their end of the bargain.

The deal calls for Iran to freeze parts of its nuclear program that could lead to the development of nuclear weapons. In exchange, Western nations will ease economic sanctions that have stifled Iran's economy.

Critics say Iran can't be trusted, but supporters, including Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (D.), say there are protections built into the process.

"People have well-warranted suspicions of Iran, but the question is do we want to talk and see if diplomacy works, when we have a guarantee that we're not giving them permission for a nuclear break-out?" says Rep. Welch. 

"So as a first step where we have these enforceable, intrusive inspections as a guarantee that there is no breakout, I think that is a worthwhile effort."

Lawmakers in Washington are already crafting legislation that would reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn't make good on its pledge.

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