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Fact check: Burr’s Iran deal accusation half true

Sen. Richard Burr said the Iran nuclear deal “will arm Iran.” Literally, it’s not true.
Sen. Richard Burr said the Iran nuclear deal “will arm Iran.” Literally, it’s not true. Getty Images

On the heels of a Wall Street Journal article on the Iran nuclear deal and cash sent to the country from the U.S., North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr blamed Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton “for leading America into a deal that will arm Iran."

PolitiFact North Carolina took a look at that claim, since previous statements about the Iran nuclear deal giving the country nuclear weapons have been given False ratings from PolitiFact.

But Burr’s claim was broader, not talking just about nuclear weapons but about all weapons.

Read the full story to see what they found, and why Burr didn’t receive a False like some previous politicians have.

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Speaker: Richard Burr

Statement: Says Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are “responsible for leading America into a deal that will arm Iran.”

Ruling: Clinton and Obama are partially responsible for the Iran deal. However, it will not literally arm Iran — so Burr exaggerates its effect. Yet he does have a point that Iran might be able to better arm itself in the future, in exchange for giving up its work on nuclear weapons. We rate this claim Half True.

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