WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement in response to reports of a planned Sunday meeting in Vienna aimed at providing Iran with concessions to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This meeting is set against the backdrop of comments from foreign dignitaries describing a European initiative that is the "opposite" of President's Trump's campaign of maximum pressure against the Iranian regime.
"The catastrophic Obama Iran nuclear deal granted the Ayatollahs a legal, unlimited civilian nuclear program in just a few years, and in the meantime was built to allow the Iranians to keep their centrifuges spinning and cheat on restrictions. The deal legitimized and protected their military nuclear facilities, including at Fordow, a bunker they dug out of the side of a mountain so they could build nuclear weapons. It's long past time to end the charade, and I urge the Trump administration to end the civil-nuclear waivers the State Department has been granting as contemplated by the deal, which allow Iran to continue building up its nuclear program."