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Sen. Cruz Applauds Trump Administration for Ending Civil Nuclear Waivers

‘Now it’s time for the U.S. to finally and irreversibly end the catastrophic Obama-Iran nuclear deal by invoking United Nations snapback sanctions’

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the Trump administration's decision to end the civil nuclear waivers for international nuclear cooperation with Iran.

"Today the administration took a critical step toward tearing up the catastrophic Obama-Iran nuclear deal once and for all," Sen. Cruz said. "For too long the Ayatollah has exploited these civil nuclear waivers to build up Iran's nuclear programs, with the intention of eventually developing nuclear weapons to inflict destruction on America and our allies. Enough was enough. Now it's time for the U.S. to finally and irreversibly end what remains of the deal and the benefits that Iran gets from it by invoking the sanctions snapback described in the deal's United Nations resolution. Unless we do so the U.N. arms embargo and ballistic missile bans will inevitably expire, allowing Russia and China to start selling billions of dollars of weapons to Iran."

In November 2019, Sens. Cruz, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation, cosponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), that would require the administration to revoke the civil nuclear waivers. In January, they renewed their calls for the administration to end all civil nuclear waivers and invoke the United Nations snapback sanctions to restore international sanctions and restrictions on Iran.

Sen. Cruz has led the fight against the deal since it was first negotiated. Since the U.S. withdrawal, he has pushed for an end to oil waivers, an end to nuclear waivers, and for invoking the U.N. snapback mechanism to restore international sanctions on Iran.