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Late. Bob Menendez, DN.J., wants the Biden administration to ensure that Iran can not acquire nuclear weapons, but warned that any new agreement with the Islamic nation must come with strong conditions that would actually keep them from doing that.
Menendez, who was against the original Iran deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, indicated in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that a good enough deal does not appear to be on the horizon at this point.
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“We all agree that Iran cannot be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. It will change the nature of the whole region, we will have a nuclear arms race in the region, and our ally, the state of Israel, will have an existential threat. We can not tolerate, “Menendez said.
“Similarly,” he continued, “we were told by the administration that if the negotiations were not concluded before the end of February, the time that would be lost and what we would gain would be very poor. meaning – of value – for us. Well, now it’s the end of April. And so if the end of February would not buy us what we need, the end of April is certainly not. “
Menendez said it would not work to return to the old deal negotiated by then-President Barack Obama, given that it did not deal with Iran’s ballistic missiles and had sunsets nearing expiration.
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The senator said that in order to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, there are three things the United States needs to address. One is their missile capability, which they have. Another is the level of uranium enrichment required, as Menendez said Iran is “on the verge of having”, and the third is detonation capabilities, which they still lack.
When asked if he thinks the administration should withdraw from the negotiating table, Menendez did not go that far, but he warned that this could be the better solution.
“I want the administration to understand that no agreement is better than a bad agreement,” the senator said, noting that an agreement that does not cover all three elements and will place Iran six months from reaching the required level of enrichment does not would work. .
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“Some of the sunsets in the original agreement, despite all its imperfections — as you know, I did not support the original agreement — are even closer in terms of ending a path where Iran could eventually reach his goal, “Menendez continued. “So from my perspective, unless there are other elements to the deal, it would not be a good deal.”
One topic that has reportedly been discussed is removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards from the Foreign Ministry’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. Menendez said it was “critically important” that this did not happen, acknowledging that this point could very well be the reason why a new agreement has not been reached.