U.S. Senator Jack Reed is defending his support for President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. The Democrat says the deal will stall nuclear buildup, and solidify the U.S. as major figure in international diplomacy.
"I think we have a much stronger voice in the international community if we decide we must take action," said Reed. "If we are seen as the ones that walked away from this arrangement, I think the Iranians would complain that they were victimized."
Rhode Island’s other senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, who is also a Democrat, has said he too will support the deal.
Opponents, including some members of the state’s Jewish community, argue it does not go far enough to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Even so, Reed argues the alternative would be worse.
"I think you'd see a very rapid unraveling of the nuclear constraints that are already in place," said Reed.
The Greater Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island has declined to take a formal position, noting disagreement among its members.
Congress is expected to vote on the nuclear agreement this fall.