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March 3, 2015 10:59 am

Sen. Menendez at AIPAC: No Iranian Nuclear Weapon ‘on My Watch’

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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference that he will not let Iran develop nuclear weapons until his watch. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

JNS.org – US Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the co-author of a bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic does not reach a political framework agreement in nuclear negotiations with world powers by March 24, gave an impassioned speech against a nuclear Iran at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday night.

“As long as I have an ounce of fight left in me… Iran will never have a pathway to a weapon,” Menendez said. “It will never threaten Israel or its neighbors, and it will never be in a position to star a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Not on my watch.”

Menendez said Iran “needs to understand that there are consequences to an impasse [in the nuclear talks], and those consequences are additional consequential sanctions.”

The senator also defended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-debated speech to Congress on Iran, saying that while he agrees “with some Democrats that the political timing of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tomorrow may have been unfortunate,” he “must disagree” with those who say the speech is “destructive” to US-Israel relations—a specific reference to recent comments by US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

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