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Obama’s Top Sanctions Official Travels to Israel to Defend Iran Deal

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Iran's Arak Heavy Water reactor. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iran’s Arak Heavy Water reactor. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

New York Times – President Obama’s sanctions chief will arrive in Israelon Friday to defend the nuclear containment deal with Iran and try to reassure a government and public deeply opposed to the accord that the United States is still prepared to inflict severe financial penalties on Tehran for its sponsorship of terrorism and support for military proxies.

The Obama aide, Adam J. Szubin, the top Treasury Department official who helped negotiate the accord between Iran and six world powers, will meet with Israeli government officials and foreign policy experts to make his case during a three-day trip, administration officials announced on Thursday. It is part of Mr. Obama’s full-throated effort to build support for the agreement, which faces a vote of disapproval in Congress within weeks.

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