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Petraeus: Withdrawing From Iran Nuclear Deal Puts ‘Greater Pressure’ on Tehran

Former CIA Director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus said Sunday that he supports President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.
Petraeus, who served as CIA chief during the Obama administration, made his comments at an event in Israel, arguing that leaving the accord puts greater pressure on Iran, the Jerusalem Post reported.
At a conference about national security and cyber issues at Tel Aviv University, Petraeus said he welcomes pulling out of the deal in order to better influence Iran—and not just regarding nuclear issues.
“[Withdrawing] will see much greater pressure on Iran, not just in areas covered by the nuclear deal, but also with regard to its missile program and Iran’s malign activities … in the rest of the Middle East,” Petraeus said.
Trump announced on May 8 that the U.S. would leave the nuclear deal, saying that the agreement is “defective at its core” and

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