Cruz: Obama should ‘reverse course’ on Iran deal

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged President Obama Sunday to “reverse course” on a nuclear deal with Iran.

Over the weekend, the administration announced a deal to stop Iran from enriching uranium, an effort to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. 

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“All the smiling embraces between diplomats after the interim deal was signed notwithstanding, the Iranian regime remains a brutal and oppressive dictatorship that pursues nuclear weapons for the purpose of dominating the Middle East and threatening America and our allies, notably Israel,” Cruz said in a press release. “The administration has gotten it backwards and it is time to reverse course before any further damage is done.”

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle criticized the deal, arguing it doesn’t do anything to force Iran to turn over uranium it has already enriched.

“According to the interim agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program that was reached this weekend in Geneva, not one centrifuge will be destroyed,” Cruz said. “Not one pound of enriched uranium will leave Iran.”

The administration has asked Congress to delay action to add more sanctions on Iran. The White House hasn't said for sure whether Obama would veto a bill expanding sanctions during the deal's six-month time frame.

But when senators return from their two-week Thanksgiving break, they are expected to introduce several sanctions bills.

Cruz chided the deal, saying it will give Iran $7 billion in relief from international sanctions. He pointed out that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the deal a “historic mistake.”