Menendez says U.S. should punish Iran after missile tests

Menendez says U.S. should punish Iran after missile tests


By:  Jonathan D. Salant
NJ Advance Media


U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, one of the few Senate Democrats to vote against the Iran nuclear deal, called Tuesday for new sanctions legislation against the Islamic Republic.

Speaking before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, Menendez (D-N.J.) cited Iran's recent tests of ballistic missiles, some marked "Israel must be wiped off the Earth," as he called for legislation imposing new restrictions on the country, such as limiting when banking sanctions could be lifted.

"Clearly, Iran will never change," Menendez said. "The devil you see now is the devil you've always known. There has been no change, not in my experience, and, I expect, not in my lifetime."

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