Rep. Larson holds forum to explain position on Iran deal


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Democratic representative John Larson held a forum at the University of Hartford on Thursday evening to explain to constituents why he thinks supporting the Iran deal is good idea. He has held a meeting like this before, but this time he brought State Department official Chris Backemeyer, who was directly involved in negotiating with Iran.

“A military solution to this problem does not solve the problem for eternity,” said Backemeyer. “That’s one of the greatly misunderstood things about this.”

Backemayer contends the deal presents an opportunity for the West to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, but the public was able to ask questions at the gathering, and it seems some are unconvinced.

“It seems to me to be wishful thinking that with those amount of resources that they’re going to be able to carry out the verification piece for us.”

Others went into the forum with many concerns, but now he supports the deal.

“I wouldn’t have thought that just listening to the Congressman, but having someone who actually sat at the negotiating table and was in the fight and sat with all the other five countries, I think that was critical for my changing my mind,” said David Marks of West Hartford.

Those who disagree on the issue agree on one thing: that what is ultimately implemented or not will have repercussions felt all over the world.

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