Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) on Tuesday said he would vote against a deal to lift sanctions on Iran, offering a detailed rationale for his opposition in sometimes pointed language directed at the White House.
“I believe we could still get a better deal and here’s how: We can disapprove this agreement, without rejecting the entire agreement,” Mr. Menendez said in a speech at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
He becomes the second Senate Democrat to announce plans to oppose the deal, negotiated between Iran and six other countries – the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China. Under the agreement, Iran would accept restrictions on its nuclear program for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. The Senate is to vote in September on a resolution disapproving of the pact.
Mr. Menendez argued that Congress should order the White House to re-negotiate the agreement, including by doubling the duration of the deal to at least 20 years. He complained that the current agreement “only monthballs” Iran’s nuclear infrastructure for 10 years, and that “not even one centrifuge will be destroyed.”