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Democrats slam ‘massive failure’ of Trump policy after Iran restarts nuclear activity

Democrats are blaming the Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign for Tehran’s decision to resume some enrichment activity constrained by the 2015 nuclear deal.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) speaks after the senate voted on a resolution ending U.S. military support for the war in Yemen on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 13, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RC1B1270FAB0

Tehran’s announcement today that it will walk back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal prompted swift backlash on Capitol Hill, most of it from Democrats bashing the Donald Trump administration for potentially provoking a nuclear crisis.

Democrats piled on the president for withdrawing from the pact, arguing that it paved the way for Iran’s decision to begin stockpiling uranium and heavy water and resume enriching uranium in 60 days barring financial relief from the Europeans and other parties to the deal. Republicans, meanwhile, were split between declaring victory or dismissing Iran's threatened rollback of its nuclear commitments as a “bluff.”

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