Rubio to Obama: Walk away from Iran talks
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer Anti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Tax reform postmortem reveals lethal dose of crony capitalism 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 Steven KirkThis week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Trump attending Senate GOP lunch Tuesday High stakes as Trump heads to Hill 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 KingOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions Dem senators ask drug companies to list prices in ads Overnight Health Care: Trump unveils plan to lower drug prices | Dem questions drug company's payment to Trump attorney | House panel unveils opioid proposals 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.”