Sole GOP senator weighing support for Iran deal will vote no

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says he will vote against the nuclear deal with Iran, dealing a significant blow to the White House.

Flake was the sole Senate Republican weighing whether to back President Barack Obama on the deal. Senate vote-counters have believed the freshman senator was the only Republican truly undecided on the bill. The White House had eagerly sought his support.

Flake says in a statement that he supported the negotiations that led to the nuclear deal, but can’t vote to support the final agreement. He says the benefits are outweighed by severe limitations placed on Congress and the U.S. government’s ability to respond to Iran’s non-nuclear behavior.

Flake says he’s concerned the Obama administration will be more reluctant to confront Iran’s behavior once the deal is implemented.

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