Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a vocal critic of the administration’s decision to continue granting Iran nuclear waivers (a position that recently prompted a clash with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo), said the IAEA’s recent findings warrant a new salvo of sanctions.
“Today’s report by the International Atomic Energy Agency confirms what I have long said: Iran is cheating on the catastrophic Obama Iran nuclear deal,” Cruz said in a statement viewed by many insiders as a shot across the bow. “In addition to secretly storing blueprints for nuclear weapons and refusing to turn over materials related to their nuclear weapons program, now they have pushed the envelope so far on centrifuges that the cheating can no longer be denied.”
“The nuclear deal was designed to allow cheating, with the expectation that the Ayatollahs would blackmail the parties into ignoring their behavior. I have long said the nuclear deal should be ripped to shreds, and I applaud President Trump for all of the steps his administration has taken to that end,” Cruz said. “Now it is time to take the next step and invoke the multilateral snapback in United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which the Obama administration rushed to pass in order to lock in the nuclear deal before Congress had a chance to weigh in.”
When asked by the Washington Free Beacon about the ongoing Iran debate, a spokesperson for Cruz said the senator will continue to push the administration to uphold its pressure campaign on Tehran.
“Sen. Cruz has said for years that the Obama Iran nuclear deal needs to be torn to shreds because it was built to let Iran cheat, and the Obama administration locked in a U.N. Security Council resolution before Congress had a chance to weigh in,” the spokesperson told the Free Beacon. “Now there’s no doubt that Iran has indeed been using the deal to cheat, and that UNSC resolution 2231 was a catastrophic mistake. It’s time to go to the United Nations, invoke the snapback built UNSC resolution 2231, and finally end the benefits that Iran gets from the deal.”
Senior congressional sources working on the issue say the IAEA’s latest findings are fueling Iran hawks like Cruz to publicly pressure the Trump administration and its State Department to nix the nuclear waivers that, until now, have created a loophole by which Iran can continue its nuke work.