Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, warned any new deal must come with tougher terms.

Menendez appeared on Fox News Sunday where he indicated that an adequate deal does not appear to be in the making.


“We were told by the administration, that if the negotiations didn’t conclude by the end of February, that in fact, the time that would be lost, and what we would gain would be of very little importance–of value–to us. Well, now it’s the end of April. And so if the end of February wasn’t going to buy us what we need, certainly the end of April is not,” he said.

He said simply returning to Obama’s old deal would also not work, as it did not address Iran’s ballistic missiles in the first place.

He also criticized the administration’s willingness to discuss removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. He said it was “critically important” that not happen.

When asked if the administration should abandon or suspend negotiations, Menendez would not yet go that far but emphasized it should be kept in mind.

“I want the administration to understand that no deal is better than a bad deal,” the senator said.

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