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Five questions for Cardin

I'd like to ask five questions of Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and others who support congressional review of any final U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran ("Cardin lands complicated deal with GOP, Obama on Iran," April 14):

(1) Is he prepared to debate his colleagues, some of whom are running for president, who will want to wreck that agreement by sustaining economic sanctions against Iran?

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(2) Is he aware that the most effective medicines to treat cancer and AIDS, which are manufactured only by Western pharmaceutical companies, can no longer be obtained within Iran due to the sanctions?

(3) Does he support the movement to make the Middle East a nuclear-free zone? (Iran, which has no nuclear weapons, has signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, while Israel, which is known to have nuclear weapons, has not.)

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(4) Would he support a U.S apology to Iran for the U.S.- and British-led coup that destroyed Iran's secular, democratically elected government in 1953?

(5) Given that he has stated that he is "nonpartisan" on the issue of an agreement with Iran, would he support the leader of Iran coming to the U.S. to present his views to the Congress in person, as did the prime minister of Israel?

Steven Sellers Lapham, Gaithersburg

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