U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he does not want to see a bad deal with Iran over its nuclear program, adding that ''no deal is better than a bad deal.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said he would "applaud" President Barack Obama for walking away from the Iran nuclear talks, adding that "no deal is better than a bad deal." "From everything that's leaked from these negotiations, the administration's backed away from almost all of the guidelines that they set out for themselves. And I don't want to see a bad deal. And so if, in fact, there's no agreement, the sanctions are gonna go back in place," Boehner said on Sunday (July 12) during the CBS "Face the Nation" news program. "At some point, the Iranian regime, they're gonna have to change their behavior. Abandon their efforts to get a nuclear weapon and stop being the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world," he continued. When asked what if neither of those things were to happen, Boehner said there would be "a standoff" but that such a scenario was better than "legitimizing this rogue regime" with a final nuclear accord with Tehran. After more than two weeks of marathon negotiations, Iran and six world powers were close to nailing down an historic nuclear deal that would bring sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran's atomic program, diplomats said on Sunday. But Iranian and Western officials said it was unlikely they would be able to finalize an agreement on Sunday, saying the earliest an agreement could be ready was more likely Monday (July 13). On Sunday, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate cast doubt on whether Obama will be able to win approval in Congress for any nuclear deal now under negotiation with Iran. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News the deal could be "a very hard sell, if it's completed, in Congress."