Democratic US Senator Menendez announces strong stand against Iran deal

SOUTH ORANGE - Democratic US Senator Robert Menendez, in a scathing critique of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other major powers, announced on Tuesday that he will vote to kill the pact.


Speaking in his home state of New Jersey, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said in prepared remarks detailing
his opposition: "I will vote to disapprove the agreement and, if called upon, would vote to override a veto" by President Barack Obama.


The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to vote some time in September on legislation rejecting the deal with Tehran that would impose new curbs on Iran's nuclear program while lifting economic sanctions on the country. Obama faces a tough fight in Congress defending the deal, which is also opposed by most Republicans.


First published: 08.18.15, 20:25