Group of 150 House Democrats urge Biden to reenter Iran nuclear deal

A large group of 150 House Democrats have signed a letter urging Joe Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal.

In the letter, the lawmakers write “we are united in our support for swiftly taking the necessary diplomatic steps to restore constraints on Iran’s nuclear program and return both Iran and the United States to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a starting point for further negotiations.”

Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018.

The letter was signed by Reps. David Price (D-N.C.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)

Wednesday, President Trump tweeted “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets. Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq…”

He added in a subsequent tweet “…Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.

Prior to Trump’s tweet, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani compared Trump to a “madman” on Wednesday and compared him to former Iraq President Saddam Hussein, who was

“The day that madman was hanged was the day people celebrated the final victory,” Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting according to The Independent. “Trump’s fate won’t be much better than Saddam’s.”

In comments broadcast on state television Rouhani said “one madman in our region was Saddam, who imposed a war on our nation, and the other madman was Trump, who imposed another war on our people.”

“One imposed a military war on us, while the other imposed an economic war,” he added.