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Pence Opposes Iran Deal In Co-Signed Letter From Governors

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Governor Mike Pence, along with 14 other governors, has sent a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the nation’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran, adding he won’t lift state sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation in support of the agreement.

In a letter to the state’s Congressional delegation urging them to reject the Iran deal, Pence says the agreement won’t make America or Israel, which he refers to as “our most cherished ally” any safer.  The governor criticizes what he calls a “temporary” halt to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, instead of a permanent dismantling, and faults a deal that he says gives concessions to a country that funds terrorism. 

Pence says Indiana will maintain its sanctions against Iran – that includes banning public investment in companies that do business with the country and barring state contractors from providing goods and services in excess of $20 million to Iran’s energy sector. 

The governor also promises to explore new steps he and the General Assembly can take to bolster its sanctions or show support for Israel.  Pence joined 14 other governors – including the leadership in Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin – in pledging to maintain sanctions against Iran.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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