Senators send message to President Obama about Iran

Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, asking him to state the U.S.'s goals of not allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

"As you prepare to deliver remarks to the United Nations later this week, we urge you to re-state the United States position that we will not permit Iran to achieve a nuclear weapons capability and demand verifiable action from Iran that will permit the possibility of a diplomatic accord with the international community," Menendez and Graham said.

The senators said that kind words are not enough from Iran and action, like a credible and verifiable agreement with the country, is the only thing that matters. They also mentioned Iran's prior negotiations and the way Iran used these negotiations as a way to cover for its nuclear program. They emphasized the importance of action taking place, not just promises, in order to see that Iran is serious in terminating its nuclear weapons program.

"In the letter sent to you on August 2, signed by 76 Senators, we expressed our belief that there are four strategic elements necessary to achieve a resolution of this issue: an explicit and continuing message that we will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapons capability, a sincere demonstration of openness to negotiations by Iran, the maintenance and toughening of sanctions and a convincing threat of the use of force," Menendez and Graham said. "We reiterate those views in this letter.