Menendez responds to Rouhani's speech

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) expressed his disappointment on Tuesday at the antagonistic rhetoric in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the statement after Rouhani's speech on Tuesday. He said the international community laid out a peaceful path forward for Iran in relation to the country's nuclear program.

"While I welcome the statement by President Rouhani that Iran is seeking a peaceful and diplomatic path, I was disappointed by the overwhelmingly antagonistic rhetoric that characterized his remarks," Menendez said. "In passing four U.N. Security Council resolutions, the international community has spoken against Iran's nuclear program and charted a peaceful path forward."

Menendez said Iran must understand that the U.S. will take whatever action is needed to keep Iran from gaining the capability to produce nuclear weapons. He also said that action must follow Rouhani's speech about peace and diplomacy.

"Iran should understand that while our goal is a diplomatic solution, we are nonetheless resolved to take whatever action is necessary to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability and words must be followed by action in the form of a credible and verifiable agreement to terminate Iran's nuclear weapons program," Menendez said.