N.Y.C. Mayor Praises Iran Deal, Applauds Obama's Commitment to Diplomatic Solution

While Mayor Bill de Blasio expresses strong support for historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, New York Senator Chuck Schumer sounds more cautious note.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. AFP

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio strongly endorsed the nuclear agreement with Iran, announced earlier on Tuesday, offering his support to U.S. President Barack Obama as mayor of the city with the largest Jewish population on earth.

“I am encouraged by this morning’s announcement of a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, and look forward to seeing additional details in the coming days,” de Blasio said in a statement.

“I applaud President Obama’s commitment to working toward a comprehensive diplomatic agreement, which provides the best means of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon,” the mayor stated. “The President’s leadership has been crucial — and it should send a clear signal that the United States stands by its allies and will not accept Iran building a nuclear weapon.”

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was less enthused about the agreement, which was cautiously welcomed, or criticized, by the American Jewish community, and strongly opposed by the Israeli government.

“Over the coming days, I intend to go through this agreement with a fine-tooth comb, speak with administration officials, and hear from experts on all sides. I supported legislation ensuring that Congress would have time and space to review the deal, and now we must use it well. Supporting or opposing this agreement is not a decision to be made lightly, and I plan to carefully study the agreement before making an informed decision,” Schumer said in a statement.

Jacob Kornbluh is a political correspondent for www.jpupdates.com