The Hill: Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran

News|11.18.19

High-profile members of the House and Senate GOP applauded the Trump administration’s move Monday to cancel some civil-nuclear waivers for Iran but called for a complete end to the program, which they say enables Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) said the U.S. should end sanctions relief for nuclear activity at its Fordow and Arak nuclear plants.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the U.S. will impose sanctions over Iran’s escalation of uranium enrichment at its Fordow facility, expected to go into effect on Dec. 15.

“We applaud President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo for today’s news that the Trump administration will finally end the waiver for civil nuclear work at Iran’s Fordow facility,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

“The administration should now end the waivers for the remaining projects related to the deal, especially the Arak reactor, Iran’s heavy water reactor,” they added.

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