And that brings us to four against, four in favor.

One day after protesters eager to show support for the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran assembled last Wednesday outside the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng — the first federal lawmaker in the borough to publicly oppose the deal — Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) came out against the controversial pact.

“I am concerned that, even if Iran complies with the restraints spelled out throughout the life of the agreement, the deal does not block Iran from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons,” Maloney wrote in a 504-word statement.

In her announcement last Thursday, Maloney shared several of her concerns over the terms between Iran, the U.S. and other powers. One is that the Middle Eastern nation’s non-nuclear military abilities and access to weapons will improve, she argues. She said the international agreement would allow Iran to acquire intercontinental ballistic missiles after the eighth year of the pact and act on other terms that may have been meant to ensure peace, but are not firm enough.


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