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Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Co-chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Caucus and member of the National Security Working Group, released the following statement after President Obama’s Friday phone with Iranian President Rouhani:

"President Obama's announcement that he has spoken with Iranian President Rouhani is encouraging news. Preventing the Iranian regime from developing nuclear weapons capability would eliminate a grave threat to the United States, Israel and our allies in the Middle East and Europe. Nonetheless, it is the Iranian government’s actions that truly matter.  There is no doubt that tough economic sanctions and a consistent message that containment is not the policy of the US pressured Iran to come to the table"