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Experts Back Iran Nuclear Deal

Seventy nonproliferation experts have signed a statement expressing support for the international nuclear agreement reached with Iran last month.

The statement issued by the Arms Control Association says the deal between six world powers and Tehran that limits Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief is "effectively verifiable."

"The agreement will put in place a multilayered monitoring regime across Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain," the statement says.

The statement, signed by several former U.S. officials and also former United Nations arms control officials, says the agreement meets "key nonproliferation and security objectives."

If fulfilled by all parties, the statement adds that the nuclear agreement "will reduce the risk of a destabilizing nuclear competition in a troubled region" while heading off "a catastrophic military conflict over Iran's nuclear program."

The statement was issued ahead of a vote on the deal next month in the U.S. Congress.

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