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Sen. Cruz: The U.S. Should Be Prepared to Use All Relevant Measures to Protect the Integrity of Our Sanctions and the Maximum Pressure Campaign

‘It is unfortunate that our European partners are spending their diplomatic and material capital creating mechanisms that break up American sanctions, rather than siding with us and the Iranian people against the Ayatollahs' regime’

May 7, 2019

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports that European and Iranian officials are meeting today to advance the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), a financial mechanism that undermines American sanctions against the Iranian regime:

"It is unfortunate that our European partners are spending their diplomatic and material capital creating mechanisms that break up American sanctions, rather than siding with us and the Iranian people against the Ayatollahs' regime. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps dominates entire sectors of the Iranian economy, and there is no such thing as a safe transaction. The United States should be prepared to use all relevant measures, including visa denials and asset forfeitures, to protect the integrity of our sanctions and the maximum pressure campaign, and I will continue to work with the Trump administration and my colleagues to ensure that we do."

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