Rubio to Obama: Walk away from Iran talks
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.) is calling on President Obama to walk away from negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, after the deadline to reach a long-term deal was extended until next week. 

"If the president were serious about negotiating a deal that advances our security and protects our allies, such as Israel, he would walk away from the table and impose new sanctions on Iran until the regime comes to the table ready to negotiate seriously," Rubio, who is running for president, said in a statement. 
 
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His comments come after Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the State Department, said the deadline for finalizing a long-term deal was pushed back from June 30 to July 7. 
 
President Obama tried to assuage concerns on Tuesday, pledging to "walk away from the negotiations if, in fact, it is a bad deal."
 
But Rubio is the latest congressional Republican to voice his doubts, increasing pressure on Obama, as negotiators work to complete a long-term deal that would place new limits on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. 
 
 
Rubio added that, even without a finalized deal he knows the agreement "is not in the interests of the United States."
 
Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.), a lead supporter in Congress of increasing sanctions against Iran, said on Tuesday that the administration "should have the courage to walk away from a bad nuclear deal" if it doesn't meet "minimum standards." 
 
Kirk said those standards include Iran disclosing any nuclear weapons activities, destroying its nuclear program and allowing for anytime inspections of its facilities, including military sites. 
 
But other senators suggested they were willing to accept the extension if it was needed to reach a long-term deal. 
 
Scott Ogden, spokesman for Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingMcConnell to Dems: Don't hold government 'hostage' over DACA Overnight Regulation: Regulators kill Perry plan to help coal, nuke plants | Senate Dems to force net neutrality vote | Maine senators oppose offshore drilling plan | SEC halts trading in digital currency firm Maine senators oppose Trump's offshore drilling plans MORE (Vt.), said the independent senator "supports a short-term extension if that’s what it takes for the United States and its negotiating partners to reach an verifiable agreement with Iran that will leave the world a safer place.”
 
Negotiators have until July 9 to turn over a finalized deal to lawmakers or face a longer congressional review period. Rubio said Tuesday that, if a deal "ensures that Iran will be a nuclear threshold state, I am confident that a majority of both houses of Congress will join me in opposing it, which will lay the foundation for our next President to undo this disaster.”