Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted the Obama Iran nuclear deal as preserving, rather than ending Iran’s path to obtaining nuclear weapons.
“Those serious reservations, I have tried to have them assuaged. And what I see is we didn’t end Iran’s nuclear program, we actually preserved it,” Senator Menendez told MSNBC host José-Díaz Balart on Thursday. “And in time, they will have the option if they choose to ultimately move towards a nuclear weapon and our choices then will even be more limited than they are today,” he explained.
Nevertheless, Menendez said he remains undecided on how he’ll vote on the deal, saying he continues to have “serious reservations” and will make his decision after listening to his New Jersey constituents.
“I’ve been to so many hearings, classified briefings, independent briefings and I have serious reservations,” Menendez said. “And I will be deciding. I’ll be going back to New Jersey, listening to constituents and then I will come to a conclusion.”
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Yesterday, Obama compared Republicans in opposition to the deal to Iranian crowds shouting “death to America,” and gave the false choice that any opposition to the deal is the equivalent of wanting war with Iran.
“Congressional rejection of this deal leaves any U.S. administration that is absolutely committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon with one option: another war in the Middle East,” Obama said. “So let’s not mince words. The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war.”
It’s not known if he would throw Democrats opposed to the deal into the same analogy.