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giuliani. could rudy giuliani's brash comments on the russia probe get him and the president in hot water? and scandal and resignation. the new york powerful state attorney general resigns hours after a shocking article in the new yorker in which four women accused him of violent abuse. i'll speak with ronin farrow. i'm wolf blitzer and you're in "the situation room". >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news. president trump is making did g on this thread to pull out of the iran nuclear deal announce a u.s. withdrawal along with plans to ime -- to reimpose sanctions on tehran. israel has gone on high alert and iran is warning its ready to start nuclear enrichment, quote, without limitations. i'll speak with the top democrat in the house intelligence committee congressman adam
schiff and our correspondents and also standing by with full coverage. first let's go straight to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. the president is making a risky move in withdrawing from the iran deal. >> reporter: president trump is rolling the nuclear dice pulling the u.s. out of the iran deal. john bolton briefed reporters this afternoon telling the press that sanctions on iran are now in the process of being reimposed, but by all appearances, the trump administration does not have much of a plan for stopping iran from pursuing nuclear weapons as one top european official put it, there doesn't appear to be a plan b. with the u.s., it's a deal no more. as president trump abruptly pulled the u.s. out of the agreement designed by the obama administration to prevent tehran from developing nuclear weapons. >> the iran deal is defective at its core. therefore, i am announcing today that the united states will withdraw from the iran nuclear
deal. >> reporter: the president didn't hide why he is scrapping the iran deal. >> the united states no longer makes empty threats. when i make promises, i keep them. >> reporter: mr. trump is delivering on one of the his first campaign promises to abandon a deal he repeatedly savaged at his rallies. >> it could go down as one of the worst deals in history. >> reporter: the president accused iran of lying about the participation in the agreement despite the fact that secretary of state mike pompeo testified at his confirmation hearing that he had no proof that tehran was not in compliance with the deal. >> with the information provided, i've seen no evident that they are not in compliance today. >> reporter: the iran deal is the latest obama policy dumped by the president. join the paris climate agreement, the trans-pacific trade deal and the daca program protecting the dreamers and the obamacare individual mandate. obama's former secretary of state john kerry who helped broker the iran agreement tried in vain to save the deal. >> our friends are safer if we stay in this agreement.
we made an agreement, iran is living by the agreement and yes, we have concerns on the missiles and yemen and other things, but we should be working on those. >> reporter: the president instead sided with iran deal critics like benjamin netanyahu and against leaders from important allies like france and germany and britain who pleaded with mr. trump to stay in the deal. >> we think what you with do is be tougher on iran, address the concerns of the president, and not throw the baby out with the bath water, not junk -- as i say, plan b. does not seem to be particularly well developed at this stage. >> reporter: as the president is pulling back from the iran deal, he's moving toward his own nuclear agreement with north korea. announcing pompeo will meet with regime leaders to continue working on an upcoming summit. >> we have our meeting set and the location is picked and the time and date and everything is picked and we look forward to a great success. >> reporter: but democrats worry the president is sending the
wrong message to the north koreans by saying it is good for one administration at a time. >> you are making it harder to go after hezbollah or iranian activities that are dangerous. and you're probably making it harder to come to a north korea deal. >> reporter: now as for north korea, the president was asked about the fate of the americans being held prisoner there and mr. trump hinted there could be an announcement soon. mike pompeo is in the region working on release but he told recorders this afternoon, it is not a done deal yet. as far as the prisoners being released and as for iran, there are mixed signals out of tehran that they may resume the enrichment activities and still continue to work with the other world powers that crafted the original agreement. that outcome may mean iran restarts the nuclear program and isolated the u.s. wolf. >> a lot of uncertainty right jim acosta at the white house.
let's dig deeper with our chief national security correspondent jim chuta. the iaea, the international atomic energy agency said iran is complying with the terms of the nuclear deal. dan coates the director of national intelligence said the same thing and mike pompeo said there is no evidence iran has violated the terms of the agreement. has the president come up with some specific new violations that justify this action? >> he hinted at something new but the fact is the intelligence doesn't back it up. on compliance with the iran nuclear deal, u.s. intelligence agencies, officials an the president's appointees and the secretary of state mike pompeo during his confirmation and dan coates the director of national intelligence say that iran is complying with the deal. what president trump referred to was new israeli intelligence about what iran's intentions were regarding having a nuclear weapons program. now we know from my colleague,
our colleague orren leiberman, the prime minister ben mit netanyahu said the most recent documents in the new developments date back to 2005 so more than ten years ago. we also know that the u.s. assessed in 2007 that iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. that intelligence has not changed. this dates back but the president in -- didding? of a rhetorical flourish here saying that that israeli intelligence shows that iran had only a peaceful program is as he said a lie there. but the fact is there is no new intelligence as far as we know. i have asked the white house -- i've sent them back this very phrase and said do you have new intelligence to change this assessment of the u.s. intelligence committee? they promised me an answer but i don't have one yet. >> if you get it let us know. jim sciutto, thank you. and also more breaking news. the secretary of state mike pompeo tweeted he's heading back
to north korea and confirming what president trump announced. the secretary said headed back to the dpk at the invitation of the north korean leadership and i look forward to planning a successful summit between president trump and kim jong-un. let's go to brian todd and tell us more about the surprise announcement and the impact on efforts to free those three americans being held by the north koreans. >> wolf, a short time ago secretary pompeo said he will talk about the three americans during the meeting with north korea. he will nail down crucial details on a summit between president trump and kim jong-un and there is pressure for the detained americans to be released before the summit. >> reporter: tonight the secretary of state is on a mission to north korea -- president trump said a date and location is finalized but not yet announced.
the president was asked if the three americans detained in north korea will be released. >> we'll be finding out. it is great if they are. >> reporter: this comes five days after the president's lawyer rudy giuliani announced the detainees would be released that day. >> we got kim jong-un impressed enough to be released -- three prisoners. >> reporter: and tonight according to reporters, the secretary of state said he would raise the issue of the three american prisoners but had no commitments for their release. joseph yun, the former u.s. envoy to secured the release of otto warmbier said the comments were risky. >> it is diplomacy 101. you do not say you're getting prisoner or hostages out before it is done. when i went to get otto warmbier we were on radio silence unless
we left the north korean air space. >> reporter: an american accused of espionage held in north korea the longest. since october 2015. the other two americans, were detained under trumps a watch in the spring of last year. they were accused of hostile acts against the north korean regime. their fate is in the balance as kim jong-un returns from a dramatic trip of his own, a visit and consultation with xi jinping and kim took a private plane to a city and spoke with xi with his sister and most trusted adviser kim yo-jong by his side. the two sides are very tight-lipped on what was discussed but analysts say xi was briefing kim on how to deal with trump face-to-face. >> i think xi jinping is explaining to kim what kind of person are you dealing with. what is his attention span, what does he need for the summit to be a win. what kind of a person is he that he requires this summit to be
successful. >> reporter: experts say xi likely gave kim very important advice on what concessions to make and not to make at his summit with president trump. and they say this was a key move by the chinese leader to insert himself as a key player in a nuclear deal on north korea and not get left out of the mix, wolf. >> happening on that, north korean front as well. brian, thank you. joining us now, the member of the house intelligence committee top democrat adam schiff of california. congressman, thanks so much for joining us. i want to be right with all of the breaking news on the iran nuclear agreement. do you believe congressman, that the president's decision will lead to a total collapse of this deal and all of the ramifications that could unfold? >> it is too early to say whether this will lead to a complete collapse of the deal. europe still wants to make the deal work and the question is what does iran want at this point. but look, this is was a terrible mistake by the president. it seems to be motivated by a
desire -- a compulsion to eradicate the predecessor and not what is in the best national security interest of the united states. this makes the iran development of a nuclear weapon more likely and not less. and makes confrontation -- the conflict of potential war with iran more likely and not less. so there is little to be said for this -- iran was complying and the administration has offered no plan for what comes next. and that is putting us on a dangerous road. >> the president said he is ready to offer a new deal and work on a new arrangement with the iranians provided they not only give up for ever the nuclear weapons program and also give up their ballistic missiles and stop international terrorism and stop menacing some countries in the region like yemen and syria for example, what is wrong with that? >> well, what is wrong with that, is what incentive does iran have to come to the table and try to get a better agreement when it was complying with the agreement it reached with the united states and with the other nations.
the united states that now is no longer complying with the agreement. that is hardly annin -- an incentive for any new deal so build on the agreement you've already reached. so we reached an agreement on the nuclear issue. we then seeked to build on that and reach an agreement on the missile issue and each of these are steps that build confidence that you could get to a durable result. but now the united states has said it's word won't be kept and even if a new deal could be struck, other nations have to know whether it is iran or north korea that that deal may only last the length of the administration or as long as that party is in power. it has not been the tradition of the united states, what we gave is our word as something that we upheld and i think we have just reduced our standing in the world with potentially long-lasting consequences. >> what the administration will argue, i'm sure the president will argue, is that the new sanctions that the u.s. will reimpose against iran right now
will be very tough, he's also warning friendly countries, other countries around the world if they get involved and deal with iran's nuclear program, they will be sanctioned as well. do you think that kind of pressure on the iranians could convince them to come back to the negotiating table? >> no. i thif it will end up isolating the united states and are we going to sanction our closest allies, britain and france and germany, which have said they're going to continue to comply with the agreement which means they're not going to reimpose their own sanctions and if we start sanctioning our european allies because they're not willing to walk away from a deal which iran is complying with, then we are the isolated party and not iran. what will happen if we do somehow manage to destroy the iranian economy and deprive iran of any benefit of a nuclear agreement is iran go l go back to enriching and probably with far greater speed than it was already. and there is no guarantees if they throw the inspectors out that they won't begin the
weaponization program that they had previously during the last decade. so this is a no-win situation for the united states. and the reality is the administration has no road map. all they knew they wanted to do -- all the president wanted to do was erase the legacy of his predecessor but it doesn't appear they've given thought to what comes next. >> amid all of this, tensions could escalate in the region. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is reporting that u.s. officials are concerned iran could be on the brink of launching an attack against israel. have you seen intelligence corroborating those concerns? >> i haven't seen anything that indicates imminent attack on israel by iran. but i think what we may see, what may be more likely than something as overt as that is that the iranian backed militia in iraq start targeting u.s. troops. that iranian suppliers provide
new and more lethal munitions to those that we're fighting with in afghanistan to the taliban and so this may put troops at greater risk. i think that is a more likely course for iran to essentially lash out than something like provoking confrontation with israel. >> at the same time, president trump is clearly eager to strike a deal with north korea over its nuclear program. how do you think kim jong-un is interpreting today's announcement by the president? >> well, i would say in a couple of ways, first he cannot counts on donald trump to keep america's word. so he has to enter into any potential agreement with a history of donald trump reneging on the iran deal. more than that, though, he probably realized in terms of any negotiation, he's in oddly a stronger bargaining position because the president having created one nuclear problem with iran is going to be desperate to have some success vis-a-vis
north korea. so i think in a way this also strengthens kim jong-un's hand. should there be dispute later on about whether north korea is complying and we have seen north korea cheat in the feet -- future, will they weaken our position and makes north korea more skeptical and i think ultimately makes a successful deal in north korea more unlikely to succeed. >> congressman adam schiff, thanks for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. we're staying on top of the breaking news. purchase more right after this.
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our breaking news as president trump makes good on his threat to quit the iran nuclear deal. it moves to reimpose u.s. sanctions against iran. israel's military has gone on high alert right now for a possible iranian reprisal from syria. u.s. officials share the concern about a possible attack on israel. let's go to the pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what are you learning? >> reporter: officials telling cnn there are concerns based on intelligence at this hour that iran could -- could be preparing for some sort of attack against israel. not clear what it would be, would it come from iranian elements already inside of syria, proxies in lebanon or inside of iran itself, but that is a major military escalation. this all does come as president trump announces a withdrawal from the agreement, but tensions had been rising for weeks now between of course israel and
tehran. perhaps culminating in benjamin netanyahu public appearance detailing what he thought the iranian nuclear program was about. now, what we do know is that for some time now the u.s. has believed iran is shipping missiles into syria to be used by iranian-backed elements and possibly to attack israel. israel has conducted air-strikes against those elements back in syria to try and take out the iranian weapon sites and now tonight the concern, iran may be preparing for retaliation against all of that. israel has gone on alert as you say in the gallon heights in northern israel and shelters are ordered to be open and everyone is -- including the u.s. military in the region watching very carefully to see what the next moves may be. the u.s. very much not wanting to see a military escalation here. >> you heard barbara, you heard adam schiff the top democrat of the house intelligence committee
said there are now a deep concerns that iranian-backed forces in iraq or afghanistan or shear for th-- or syria will la attacks against u.s. military personnel. you have heard that at the pentagon as well, that american troops in iraq or afghanistan or syria now have to go on heightened state of alert as well? >> well the u.s.-led coalition in iraq which also of course has troops operating in syria and a spokesperson was asked and so far they see no evidence of it. but this is always a concern because of what you just said, wolf. in syria, in iraq, in afghanistan there is growing iranian influence and that is no mistake by them. that is something tehran has very much planned out, plotted to do over the months and years, they want to exercise their influence in those countries. knowing that the u.s. is there, knowing that they want to be a
counter weight to u.s. influence there. this is something that is part of the calculation at all times now, wolf. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. disturbing news, indeed. coming up, the global fall out to president trump's decision to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. also ahead -- a rising democratic star who has been a major proponent of women's rights resigned after multiple women accuse him of physical abuse. i'll speak with ronin farrow who co-wrote the article that broke the scandal. it just made a mess until exxonmobil scientists put it to the test. they thought someday it could become fuel and power our cars wouldn't that be cool? and that's why exxonmobil scientists think it's not small at all. energy lives here.
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following breaking stories, including president trump pulling the united states out of the iran nuclear deal. let's get insight from our analysts and correspondents and jim sciutto, where does the u.s. go from here. the president aflounc -- announ the u.s. is withdrawing from the nuclear deal but what is the next step. >> there was a briefing for reporters to lay out the time frame. a six-month wind down for energy related sanctions and that is key because iran wants to sell oil abroad. 90-day wind down for the other sanctions. including for instance civil aviation. that's a big deal that they could buy new aircraft and aircraft parts, they have a lot of boeing jets in there. and this is key. they are prepared to sanction european companies that do business with iran. there have been talk leading up
to this, some guidance that, well, maybe this is half-hearted and take time before they drop -- drop the end on this, but it looks like they're proceeding quickly and comprehensively and that could be an issue -- well will be an issue with the european partners and closest allies who say shortly after the president made the announcement, the leaders of franls and u.k. and germany said we're staying in the deal and we think it still applies. >> so where does the iranians go from here. you used to work for the director of national intelligence for the obama administration, will they stay in the deal with the europeans or the russians or chinese or abandon it and restart some sort of nuclear program? >> well, wolf, this news out of the state department is key because there was a significant question as to whether or not there would be time for the iranians, for our partners to have a conversation about doing something to save the deal but now that we have a timeline and the administration is looking to move fast in order to implement the sanctions, there is less
incentive for the iranians to stay in the deal. i think that if they do pull out of the deal, countries like russia and china, they have some major considerations here. they made economic -- they have economic ties to iran that they're going to be very reluctant to break. i think it is key that the president is willing to impose sanctions on european countries that may break this deal. one of the things that we know about china is they have the ability to absorb -- sanctions from the united states. so there are unknowns but the fact they are moving quickly means iran doesn't have a lot of incentive to stick around. >> during the campaign, president trump always said i'm going to get out of the iran nuclear deal. the worst deal ever. it is awful. i hate it. >> it is insane. >> but it took him a long time to do it. waited until today. he has a new national security team in place. how much of a factor -- >> i think that is a huge
factor. rex tillerson and national security adviser general mcmaster were both not proponents of withdrawing from the deal. and as you know, this had to be renewed every 90 days and -- and so the president unwillingly do that because he was being advised to do so. now you've got john bolton in there as national security adviser, you have mike pompeo who by the way is on his way to north korea, as a p-- a recursoo that negotiation and who are on the president's side. as we've been talking about, i would say for the six weeks to two months now, this is the different president from the president who entered office. he believe he he has control of this and how to run it and he will keep his promises no matter what. and so while the heads of european nations try to do an intervention basically on donald trump, meeting with him and talking to him and telling him don't do this, in every way they
possibly way they could, it seems his mind was pretty made up and that there was nothing even until the 11th hour that they could possibly do. >> and bianna golodryga, how this will affect relations with germany and france and the u.k. they came here and appealed to him, don't do it and he said, i'm doing it. >> it didn't matter if there was personal chemistry with president macron or the lack of personal chemistry with angela merkel, the president's mind was made up and once again europe draws the short stick here. you already hear from european companies and the ceo saying he will put a pause on any sort of deals that they have in business with the iran -- given the possibility that the u.s. could be sanctioning them. the real wir-- winners are russ and china. he don't see them pulling out of any business deals with iran and russia in particular with vladimir putin just being sworn in for his fourth term, man, this looks great for him
optically. think about the reversal of a country that was isolated and now he could say, look, i'm together aligned with the europeans and with china, who is isolated? the united states. >> david axlerod, former president obama -- you worked for him at one point and he put out a statement condemning this decision by the president among other things, the president obama said i believe that the decision to put the jcpoa at risk without any iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake without the jcpoa, the united states could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear armed iran or another war in the middle east. as you know, until now he's been pretty reluctant to criticize the current president. what does it say he now decided to come up with a lengthy statement condemning this decision? >> well it says the gravity with which he feels this -- this decision of the president -- the president obama said he won't -- he won't speak on a regular
basis about what his successor is doing. but that he reserved the right to speak out on those things that he thought were of gravity or violated fundamental principles and he obviously feels very strongly about this, which is no surprise. he feels that this accelerates the moment when iran could get a bomb, it leaves us with -- as has been mentioned, no plan b. but military action. it divides us from our allies. it makes america's word in the world less good. and these are things he feels deeply so i wasn't surprises. but i want to say, i don't think it was a decision about national security. this was a decision about optics and politics. donald trump from the get-go said this agreement was a disaster and as he has about everything that president obama has done. and i think he was just determined to do it. i don't think it is a matter of -- as gloria suggested. >> don't think it is a national
of the national security team suddenly coming on board and persuading him of this. he went out and got a national team who would agree with him and the guy who has been quiet on this is general mattis, secretary mattis who told the congress in the fall that it wouldn't be in a country's national urinterest to depart fm this agreement. >> i would agree with david. he brought in these people because he's comfortable with them and they agree with him and that is the kind of people he's looking for -- and to bring into the white house. he doesn't want anyone who disagrees with him. >> he's comfortable with john bolton, his new national security adviser and mike pompeo. stick around. more breaking news we'll following. we'll be right back.
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measures and they want real, hard commitms from the north koreans before they move forward so they don't repeat -- as he explained, past mistakes. as you think the iran deal, trump administration trying to be consistent as they approach north korea. he also mentioned -- the situation of the three americans held there saying that that is an issue he will raise with the north koreans on the trip. which is interesting -- now he may leave there with them. we don't know. but to make a second trip with the fate of those three americans still a question mark, interesting because it was just at the end of the last week rudy giuliani said they might be out by the end of the day. so clearly many of the issues in these negotiations are still being negotiated here. even the preliminary ones like the release of the american prisoners. >> you think he would go back to pyongyang if he doesn't have a firm hard commitment from the north koreans and leave with the three americans. >> if he has gone there under the circumstances, it is a terrible mistake on the part of the administration. these kind of negotiations are very delicate and when you talk
about u.s. citizens who are being held in a country like north korea, you want to make sure that you've got a deal on the table before you float this idea out there that they may be released. if he comes back and he doesn't have them, then i think that looks -- that doesn't look good for the administration. but it also will play into kind of the tone and tenure of this deal going forward. >> he comes out of there with the three americans, that would be a plus. >> you don't second a secretary of state somewhere for the second time and you don't expect to get something. if you have high level staffers and have pre-talk talks and et cetera, et cetera, set the table if you will for what would come next. that is different. but you're sending your secretary of state for the second time. now, rudy giuliani has already said these people are coming home. it is a little ad hoc from rudy giuliani on a lot of issues as we know. so he's already said it. the president said stay tuned.
he mentioned that pompeo is over there. if he comes back empty-handed, i even wonder whether this whole thing will blow up. >> everybody stick around. there is more breaking news. we're following a prominent democrat stunning fall from grace. he was hailed as a defender of women's rights and now four women are accuse him of physical abuse and it is cost him his job. i'll speak with ronin farrow, one of the articles that broke open this huge scandal.
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we're following the political and social aftershocks after the stunning fall of a rising democratic party star. the new york state attorney general, eric schneiderman, has been a vocal proponent of women's rights and for the me too movement, but he abruptly resigned last night, only hours after "the new yorker" magazine published a stunning article in which four women accused him of physical violence. schneidernan denied any wrongdoing in announcing his resignation. joining us now, one of the co-authors of the new yorker article, ronan pharaoh. ronan, thank you so much for joining us. and l tell us a little bit more about these women. why they decided that now was the time to come forward? >> multiple women doing an incredibly difficult thing, coming forward with really horrific, brutal stories of violence that turned out to be very, very well corroborated, wolf. and independently, these women
described uncannily similar patterns of behavior. slaps, hitting, choking. very intense verbal abuse with misogynistic epithets. and i want to make one important point. because a large part of eric schneiderman's rebuttal is devoted to his claim that this is consensual sexual role-playing. these women, one after another, went to pains to say that that was not what they were alleging. and indeed, that they wouldn't have come forward if it was simply that. what they are claiming is that this was nonconsensual, very often in an entirely nonsexual context. and in one woman's case, not even in the context of a relationship. she alleges that he approached her and came on to her at an event, this is a prominent lawyer he had worked with, and when she rebuffed him, he began hurling slurs and then slapped her hard enough to leave a mark. and we take a look at that picture. >> so why did they decide to speak out now? >> i think it's a combination of
factors. speaking out about violence is always wrenching, doubly so when it's a powerful figure and when you fear retaliation, which these women did. they feared he would use the power of his office to come after them. the reason that i think they feel the climate is different partly because of the me too movement and other women who have spoken, and partly because eric schneiderman had become such a prominent voice on women's rights. and the hypocrisy in their minds, that was a word that several used, became too much to bear. they felt that they could and ultimately needed to protect the next woman to come along, since this seemed to be a pattern of behavior. >> as you know, the investigation is now in the hands of law enforcement in new york. do you believe schneiderman will end up facing criminal charges? >> i'm not going to speculate on that. you know, my job was simply to meticulously report out the facts, which i did with my colleague, jane mayer at "the new yorker." and i think it's very clear that the activity being alleged is potentially criminal in nature. i'm not going to predict anything beyond that.
>> do you believe more women will come forward with similar allegations against schneiderman? >> there, again, you know, i'm very careful not to say anything beyond what we've reported. i will say, very clearly, though, that it became apparent over the course of our reporting, and it was apparent to these women that spoke to us, that this was not just about them as individuals, that this was a repeating pattern of behavior. and that they felt that they needed to speak in order to stop it. >> as you know, schneiderman's office has been pursuing a lawsuit against the disgraced film producer, harvey weinstein, and the weinstein company. do you expect that effort will continue even though he's no longer the attorney general? >> you know, i would assume that the work of the many excellent attorneys, you know, that surround schneiderman will continue. that the various initiatives that have policy import, whether they're about rosenstein rosenstein or about president trump, will continue. and that, you know, the people
of the state of new york will get an attorney general that is not under this particular cloud of suspicion. >> ronan, amazing reporting. you and jane have done. but how surprised were you that within three or four hours, he resigned? >> all i can say that several women did reach out to me after that resignation and were incredibly moved, moved almost to tears in one conversation. this was a really painful thing for them to do. and they did it with a lot of fear. and it required a lot of strength. and i think feeling heard and feeling that their stories had an impact that maybe could help others is a significant step. it doesn't make it easy. i think it's going to continue to be a period of ups and downs for everyone involved in this story. but i think for the first time, they feel that this story actually is out in the open and that's doing some good. >> yeah, you and jane, you did a great job. very strong reporting. you guys have been on a roll over there. keep it up. we deeply appreciate it.
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