A nuclear standoff with Iran is better than the deal currently being negotiating by the Obama administration, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Sunday.
The Republican leader also suggested that U.S. negotiators should walk away from a deal rather than continue on their current path. Reports surfaced that negotiators are expected to reach a provisional deal Sunday with an official announcement Monday.
"No deal is better than a bad deal. And from everything that's leaked from these negotiations, the administration's backed away from almost all of the guidelines that they set up for themselves," Boehner said on CBS Sunday. "And so if, in fact, there's no agreement, the sanctions are going to go back in place. And at some point, the Iranian regime, they're going to 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."
If the negotiations break down and Iran continues on with its nuclear program, "we'll have a standoff," Boehner said.
However, "[t]hat's a lot better than legitimizing this rogue regime," he added. "If, in fact, there's a deal, that's what'll happen."
Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Vienna negotiating on behalf of the U.S. with Iran, Britain, Spain, Germany, France and China. The deadline for a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief has been extended multiple times. The newest deadline is Monday, July 13.