Sen. Robert Menendez (D – N.J.) wrote in an 
open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today that an nuclear deal that leaves Iran “as a threshold nuclear state” would be an unacceptable deal. In his letter, Menendez stated that recent demands made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “unacceptable.”

The letter to Kerry comes after the introduction of legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which is set to expire next year. The renewal legislation, which was introduced by Menendez and Sen. Mark Kirk (R – Ill.), would “renew the Act’s critical sanctions measures designed to defund the Iranian regime’s nuclear program and support for terrorism, thereby ensuring that Congress retains leverage to snap back sanctions if Iran cheats on any nuclear agreement. The legislation would also require the Administration to report to Congress whether any Iran sanctions relief has supported terrorism, nuclear or missile proliferation, or human rights violations, or has enriched any senior Iranian official’s personal finances.”

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